The mcu's ghost rider reboot just got way more likely.
A new Marvel Studios reveal makes the path for Ghost Rider's reboot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe way easier, and it fits recent MCU projects.
- Ghost Rider's MCU reboot is more likely now, after a new MCU announcement.
- The new Marvel Spotlight banner will focus on standalone projects with street-level stakes, making it an ideal platform for Ghost Rider's debut.
- Ghost Rider's supernatural origins and potential crossover with other supernatural characters like Blade and Moon Knight after his debut could pave the way for the formation of the MCU's Midnight Suns.
Ghost Rider could be coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future, as a new reveal makes the character's MCU reboot way more likely. There are multiple versions of Ghost Rider, going from Johnny Blaze to Danny Ketch to even Frank Castle, the Punisher himself, and more. Blaze was the chosen Ghost Rider to star in two movies made before the character's film rights reverted to Marvel Studios. Despite an entertaining performance by Nicolas Cage, his two Ghost Rider movies have a hard time measuring up to even the MCU's worst entries .
Gabriel Luna then played a different version of Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes, in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. After becoming a fan-favorite character in the series, Luna's Reyes was set to be the star of his own spinoff show; however, the Ghost Rider series ended up not moving forward. With Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. not being one of the MCU's TV shows , as it was not produced by Marvel Studios, Ghost Rider has yet to effectively appear in the MCU. A new Marvel Studios announcement hints that Ghost Rider might be coming to the MCU sooner rather than later.
Marvel Studios The Marvel Cinematic Universe An Official Timeline book seems to confirm that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is viewed as a multiverse story by Marvel Studios .
Marvel Spotlight Makes Ghost Rider More Likely In The MCU
Marvel recently announced that the upcoming Echo series will be a trend-breaker for the MCU in a few ways. Echo consists of five episodes, the shortest for an MCU series yet; is rated TV-MA, a Disney+ MCU first; and is the first project in the announced Marvel Spotlight banner . According to Marvel Studios Head of Streaming, Television, and Animation Brad Winderbaum, the new label will allow the MCU to bring more standalone projects to life, with Echo being an example of a story that viewers can fully understand without watching other MCU projects. Marvel Spotlight will focus on " street-level stakes over larger MCU continuity ," which is perfect for Ghost Rider.
Casting Ghost Rider For The MCU
Ghost Rider's MCU reboot has never been closer to happening. The character is the perfect fit for a more standalone debut approach as opposed to tying him to other MCU projects from the start, as Ghost Rider's supernatural origin lends itself better for a "try-out" banner like Marvel Spotlight. Ghost Rider is also connected to the Marvel Spotlight banner in a major way, as the original comic book version of the label was responsible for Ghost Rider's debut, with the Johnny Blaze version of the character first appearing in Marvel Spotlight issue 5 in 1972.
Why The MCU Needs Ghost Rider
Besides being a fan-favorite character, Ghost Rider can help the MCU dive deep into the supernatural. After a possible Marvel Spotlight series or movie that focuses on how the Spirit of Vengeance came to inhabit one of the human Ghost Riders and sets up his lore and motivations, Ghost Rider could meet characters like Blade and Moon Knight to form the MCU's Midnight Suns. With the increase of supernatural characters who have debuted in the MCU in recent years or who have projects on the way, Marvel will need its premiere supernatural team, the Midnight Suns, and a powerful, fan-favorite comic book character like Ghost Rider would fit in perfectly.
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Years ago, motorcycle stuntman Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) sold his soul to save the life of a loved one. Now, he transforms into a fiery, avenging agent of justice at night wherever evil roams. As the only one who can walk in both worlds, Johnny is charged by Mephistopheles (Donal Logue) himself to destroy Blackheart (Wes Bentley), a demon that wants to overthrow Mephistopheles and create a worse hell than the one that currently exists.
Rating: PG-13 (Horror Violence|Disturbing Images)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Original Language: English
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Producer: Avi Arad , Michael De Luca , Gary Foster , Steven Paul
Writer: Mark Steven Johnson
Release Date (Theaters): Feb 16, 2007 wide
Release Date (Streaming): Apr 16, 2012
Box Office (Gross USA): $115.8M
Runtime: 1h 50m
Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Production Co: Columbia Pictures, Crystal Sky, Marvel Enterprises
Sound Mix: Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS
Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)
Cast & Crew
Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider
Motorcycle Gang Member
Broken Spoke Waitress
Mark Steven Johnson
Michael De Luca
David S. Goyer
E. Bennett Walsh
Kirk M. Petruccelli
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Yes this is dumb and yes everyone involved knows it but I can't shake the feeling that the movie is just a little too smug about being self aware.
Please God make it stop. This has to be in the Top 5 of the worst comic book movies ever. Nicholas Cage is horrible, the script is terrible, and the action is just boring. Only good thing are the CGI effects for the Ghost Rider. Don't. Just don't watch this. Even if there is the threat of titty twisters... Still not worth it.
Choc full of wannabe Western-isms and expected cheese, Ghost Rider is a foray into not-a-whole-lot. Ghost Rider strikes me as the sort of comic that didn't need a whole lot of chopping to translate well to the big screen, unfortunately, director Mark Steven Johnson neglected all that, and went for a full on self-made, effects-drive flop. Don't get me wrong, I know I bitch about "effects-driven" a lot, but sometimes it works fine, it's just that Ghost Rider has absolutely no staying power, there's really nothing to it that would make me recommend it to a friend. I think another major problem is that it aims for 'quirk" and ends up with "cheese". Too dark and long to be considered a silly, fun, little guilty pleasure, but too self-concious and non-sensical to be realistic. What's supposed to be The Devil's Bounty Hunter, riding the world to bring the guilty to justice, ends up being more of a Mad Max wannabe riding a badass motorbike notching up his cliche-meter and pouring the CG-budget down the drain, while bringing as many motifs up as he can. Though much of the film was quite weak, watching the demons (trenchcoat wearin' mo-fo's above) getting taken out one by one, somewhat akin to, oh, as for example a comic book, was entertaining enough to hold my attention. And Wes Bentley (P2, Jonah Hex) as Blackheart was, at the very least a "cool" character to bring to the film. Not exactly a masterpiece, but its very few up points did keep me interested enough to hold out for the sequel, Spirit of Vengeance, which supposedly comes out on the 17th of February 2012, starring another favourite of mine, Cirian Hines. 38% -Gimly
This demonic Marvel adaptation is visually groundbreaking, no doubt, but is not an easy ride. Ghost Rider's exaggerated tone and dialogue and hell-driven sequences provides many speed bumps on this less-than-anticipated ride. 3/5
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Marvel Reveals the Identity of Its New, Villainous Ghost Rider
Marvel Comics has revealed the supervillain who will take on the Ghost Rider mantle in Benjamin Percy and Danny Kim’s Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance .
For months, Marvel has teased that Final Vengeance would see a villainous new Ghost Rider appropriate the Spirit of Vengeance for their own nefarious purposes, forcing Johnny Blaze on a quest to reclaim his title. The publisher has now announced that the new Ghost Rider is none other than Parker Robbins, better known as the Hood . Marvel has also revealed artist Juan Ferreyra’s cover art for Final Vengeance #2 (on sale Wednesday, April 18), showcasing the Hood’s fiery new form.
Check out Juan Ferreyra’s cover art for Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #2 below:
“Some villains you know all too well. Doctor Doom. Thanos. Mephisto. But I find it especially fun to bring the lesser known baddies out of the shadows and give them a shot at a starring role. That’s what I did with Omega Red during X LIVES OF WOLVERINE/X DEATHS OF WOLVERINE — and that’s what I’m doing now with Ghost Rider,” Percy said.
“The Hood wants a taste of the big-time. And he’s made a deal with the devil to help him on his way,” the writer continued. “This is what happens when the Spirit of Vengeance is stripped from Johnny Blaze and grafted on to a character who has no moral compass. An epic crime saga — flavored with horror — awaits readers in GHOST RIDER: FINAL VENGEANCE.”
Who is Marvel’s Parker Robbins, aka the Hood?
Created by Brian K. Vaughan and Kyle Hotz, Parker Robbins first appeared in 2002’s Hood #1. Parker was merely a petty criminal before besting a Nisanti demon (later revealed to be Dormammu in disguise). He claimed the demon’s cloak and boots, which granted him powers like invisibility and levitation. With these abilities at his disposal, the Hood became a significant player in New York’s criminal underworld.
The Hood is more often than not depicted as a power-hungry villain, (though he has flirted with becoming an anti-hero on occasion). The character will soon make his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts star Anthony Ramos is attached to portray Parker Robbins in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ series Ironheart. Originally slated for a late-2023 debut, the show currently lacks an official premiere date.
In the meantime, Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #1 goes on sale Wednesday, March 13 from Marvel Comics.
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- Yellow Eyes
- Garfield High School Students
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Roberto "Robbie" Reyes is a car mechanic who, upon being killed by the Fifth Street Locos , was resurrected by Johnny Blaze and found himself imbued with a power to transform into Ghost Rider . Seeking vengeance for his death, and his brother 's disability following the attack on their lives, Ghost Rider proceeded to track down and destroy these criminals until he was tracked down by Quake , who sought to bring an end to Reyes' massacres. Eventually, Quake had led Reyes to S.H.I.E.L.D. and he assisted them in battling against Lucy Bauer and her search for the Darkhold which contained an ancient power. Learning his uncle Eli Morrow had planned and succeeded in getting his powers, he helped S.H.I.E.L.D. to kill him and the Chinatown Crew , but in the process Reyes had allowed himself to be teleported to Hell . Eventually, Ghost Rider escaped, just in time to help S.H.I.E.L.D. take down the crazed Aida , and rid the world of the Darkhold for good.
- 1.1.1 Family Struggles
- 1.1.2 Origins of Ghost Rider
- 1.2.1 Questioning Gang Member
- 1.2.2 Discovered by Quake
- 1.2.3 Helping Gabe
- 1.2.4 Questioned by Quake
- 1.2.5 Searching for Guilt
- 1.2.6 Hunting Ghosts
- 1.2.7 Working with Quake
- 1.3.1 Hell Charger vs L.O.L.A.
- 1.3.2 Fighting Hellfire
- 1.3.3 Frustration with S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 1.3.4 South Ridge Penitentiary Riot
- 1.3.5 Murder of Santino Noguera
- 1.3.6 Explaining the Truth
- 1.3.7 Conflict with Jeffrey Mace
- 1.3.8 Destroying Lucy Bauer
- 1.4.1 Trapped Between Realms
- 1.4.2 Meeting the Spirit of Vengeance
- 1.4.3 Attack on Eli Morrow
- 1.4.4 Self-Sacrifice
- 1.5.1 Through the Gateway
- 1.5.2 Attacking Aida
- 1.5.3 Reunited with S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 1.5.4 Return to Hell
- 2 Personality
- 3.2 Abilities
- 4.1 Weapons
- 4.2 Other Equipment
- 4.3 Vehicles
- 5 Facilities
- 6.3 Enemies
- 7 Appearances
- 9 Behind the Scenes
- 10 References
- 11 External Links
Biography [ ]
Early life [ ], family struggles [ ].
Robbie Reyes was born to Alberto Reyes and Juliana Reyes . He was raised in Los Angeles by his uncle Eli Morrow with his younger brother Gabe .  Reyes dropped out of Garfield High School in eleventh grade and instead took a job working at Canelo's Auto and Body . 
Origins of Ghost Rider [ ]
Reyes is caught stealing the Hell Charger
One day, Reyes had decided to steal his uncle, Eli Morrow 's, car and take it for an illegal drag race in Los Angeles . While he was quietly pushing the car out of the drive in order not to disturb his uncle, Reyes was caught by Gabe Reyes who questioned what he was doing. Filled with his own ego, Reyes invited Gabe to join him for the race and they went cruising around the neighborhood, with Gabe teasing Reyes that he was not allowed to help him with his homework and Reyes would only help him fail if he tried.
Reyes attempts to save his brother 's life
As they drove down the street together, joking and teasing one another as usual, a group of the Fifth Street Locos pulled up in front of their car. When Reyes honked his horn, trying to get them to move out of his way, he was horrified to witness the gang members throwing a molotov cocktail at him and his brother, causing the front of the Hell Charger to be engulfed in flames. Reyes put the car in reverse and used his driving skills to attempt to escape their attackers; however, before long, the Locos caught up with the brothers and fired at their car, causing them both to be hit with bullets and their car to crash.
Reyes is thrown from the car and killed
The injuries suffered in the attack caused Gabe to lose his ability to walk, and Robbie was thrown from the car, flying through the air with his body covered in bullet wounds. As he was falling through the air, Reyes' last thought was a plea to God, to the universe, to anyone who would listen, that Gabe be spared. He swore he would give anything to save Gabe, as he blamed himself for the incident. Reyes then hit the ground, the impact killing him. However, in the darkness, Reyes heard a voice which asked him if he wanted a second chance, did he want to punish those who hurt his brother, did he want to avenge his own death. Reyes said "Yes. more than anything yes." and a moment later he was alive again.
Johnny Blaze turns Reyes into Ghost Rider
A mysterious stranger on a motorcycle appeared and pulled Gabe out of the burning car to safety. The stranger then approached Robbie, revealing himself to be Johnny Blaze , a demonic being with a flaming skull for a head. Blaze touched Robbie, and transferred the Spirit of vengeance into Robbie, turning him into the new Ghost Rider, before disappearing. It would be over five years before Robbie told Gabe the truth about what happened that night, as Robbie feared that Gabe would not understand.  Eli Morrow was later sent to South Ridge Penitentiary on charges of attempted murder of his former employer, but he told Robbie that this person deserved it. 
Vengeance Spree [ ]
Ghost Rider's image is graffitied on a wall
Having gained the power of Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes used this power to track down and bring vengeance upon those he deemed as guilty and deserving of death. This included members of the terrorist group the Watchdogs , the Fifth Street Locos , a corrupt cop, city councilman Roger Perez and the pedophilic school teacher Thomas Wright . This activity made Ghost Rider a feared symbol in Los Angeles , with his story being told and his image being spray-painted on walls. 
Questioning Gang Member [ ]
Ghost Rider attacks with the Hell Charger
Having discovered that members of the Aryan Brotherhood had stolen a crate containing some mysterious cargo , Reyes chased them down in his Hell Charger . He found the men in a confrontation with Quake , and sped the car towards their truck before R. Moore fired a rocket launcher at it. The explosion briefly launched the car into the air and engulfed it in flames, but this only caused him to transform into Ghost Rider and attack the gunmen, smashing the Hell Charger into them and killing D. Anderson upon impact with the side of the car.
Ghost Rider kills Aryan Brotherhood members
Creating a ring of fire around their vehicles, Ghost Rider trapped the criminals and unknowingly prevented Quake's intervention. He burnt M. Scott 's soul before brutally killing two more of the gang members by bashing in their heads to break their skulls and ripping out one man's spine. Grabbing T. Mitchell , Ghost Rider knocked him out and stuffed him in the back of the Hell Charger, intending to question him further before getting back into his car and driving away before the police could stop him, giving Quake a brief look at his burning skull as he stepped into the Hell Charger and left.
Reyes tortures and questions T. Mitchell
Back at El Monte Junk and Salvage , Reyes chained T. Mitchell up and demanded to know why he had stolen a lorry, flicking his keys in his hand as a way of unnerving the prisoner. Mitchell claimed that he was working for the Chinatown Crew under Chen 's orders, but Reyes did not believe his tale as he thought the Aryan Brotherhood would never work for the Chinese due to their own racist views and resorted to hitting him repeatedly in the head, although Mitchell insisted that he was telling the truth. Reyes then noted that he would soon have to confess to Ghost Rider, who would know if he was guilty.
Reyes overhears S.H.I.E.L.D. agents talking
Once Mitchell gave him its location, Reyes located the truck and disguised himself as a member of the same company to get close to it. Eventually, Reyes overheard a conversation between Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie , who had come to investigate its disappearance as finding it could help them locate Quake. Instead of seeing a deal going down to sell the crate to Chen, Reyes watched as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents found two corpses who had torn each other apart due to having come into contact with Lucy Bauer 's ghostly form and been driven mad.
Reyes prepares to execute T. Mitchell
Having learned all he could from his captive, Reyes decided that the best move was to kill Mitchell, who was clearly guilty and did not know anything else that could help him. Returning to El Monte Junk and Salvage , Reyes explained that he had seen nothing there that Mitchell had promised and got into his car. Mitchell realized that Reyes was going to kill him and made a desperate plea for mercy, but Reyes dismissed him and drove the burning Hell Charger straight into Mitchell, crushing his body and killing him, with Reyes showing absolutely no sympathy to the terrified criminal. 
Discovered by Quake [ ]
Reyes prepares the Hell Charger for the night
While preparing to hunt down the Chinatown Crew and kill them all in order to regain the crate which contained Lucy Bauer , Reyes got his Hell Charger ready and then stepped outside of El Monte Junk and Salvage , only to find himself greeted by Quake , who claimed she wanted to locate a car of the same model as the Hell Charger. Reyes greeted her with a smile and claimed to not be able to help as he only worked nights and recommended she come back in the morning to speak to Canelo , which she said she would do while she thanked Reyes.
Reyes is found and questioned by Quake
However, Reyes recognized Quake from the night when Ghost Rider had attacked the Aryan Brotherhood and sensed her as a threat, he later decided to take her out of the situation and invited her into the office to check the records to look for the car, planning on subduing her during this time. As they walked, Reyes joked about the poor state of the repair shop and pointed out the office and asked if she lived in Los Angeles and she claimed to only be visiting, with Reyes noting that this was not a nice neighborhood to spend a holiday, all which flicking his keys in his hand which caught Quake's attention as he had been doing it the other night.
Reyes prepares to fight against Quake
When Reyes attempted to attack her, Quake used her Inhuman powers to send a shockwave which threw Reyes backwards into a van. Taking a steel pool and igniting it in flame, Reyes noted that Quake had the devil inside her too before attacking her. As they fought, Quake pushed her hand onto Reyes' chest and tried to break his bones while she confronted Reyes over the deaths of Roger Perez and Thomas Wright , although Reyes claimed that they deserved to die as each were killers and pedophiles, noting that their deaths were vengeance.
Reyes transforms himself into Ghost Rider
Quake told Reyes that he did not get to decide who lived and who died, but Reyes informed her that it was not him who decided. With this Reyes underwent his transformation, burning the flesh off his skin until he reached the bone, turning into Ghost Rider. Using various steel beams left around in Canelo's Auto and Body shop, Ghost Rider created new burning weapons for himself to then attack Quake, only for her to use her own shockwave powers to disarm him and keep the Rider at bay, as she knew a single burn from him would prove to be fatal.
Ghost Rider refuses to kill Quake
Knocking Quake to the ground with a single punch, Ghost Rider drops a large steel cart on her, only for Quake to keep it from falling with a shockwave. As she laid defenseless on the ground, Quake asked Ghost Rider to kill her, as she was still remorseful for her part in the tragic death of her fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and boyfriend Lincoln Campbell months before. Despite her request to die as she felt she deserved it, Ghost Rider looked inside her soul and decided that she did not deserve to die, and instead walked away from her as she continued to hold up the cabinet with her powers. 
Helping Gabe [ ]
Reyes waits to meet his brother
The next day, Reyes waited on the side of the street in Los Angeles to collect his brother, Gabe Reyes , while considering what had occurred the night before. Once Gabe finally arrived, Reyes collected Gabe's wheelchair from the back of the car and lifted his brother into it, thanking Janet for giving him a ride as the bus had apparently broken down.
Reyes spends his day with Gabe Reyes
He then pushed the chair down the street while teasing his brother about trying to get a date with their friend Janet's little sister, while Gabe joked that he had been helping Reyes' boss Canelo do Reyes' paperwork for him, as Reyes struggled with the paperwork due to failing to finish high school, only getting as far as the eleventh grade. While the brothers talked and joked with one another, they were secretly being watched by Quake who was attempting to learn Reyes' emotional weakness, which was clearly his love for his brother, who he remained highly protective of no matter what. 
Questioned by Quake [ ]
Reyes arrives at work and greets Canelo
Leaving his home, Reyes got into his Hell Charger and drove through Los Angeles to get to work at Canelo's Auto and Body . Once Reyes arrived he was invited to join a debate between Canelo and another colleague about the football game that had been on television the night before, but Reyes explained that he had missed the game as he had been out while it was on. While Canelo teased Reyes about meeting a mystery girl , Reyes claimed that he was only interested in vehicles.
Reyes searches for his seeming stalker
Continuing his work, Reyes helped a woman fill out her paperwork for the car he had just repaired for her and told her that she could pay inside, while he became distracted by Daisy Johnson's Van , which had pulled up outside and had not moved in several hours. Becoming suspicious, Reyes took a crowbar and walked over to the van to see who exactly was following him. Reyes opened the van door and charged inside, crowbar at the ready, only to discover it was empty, allowing him to relax once again and put his weapon away as he planned on continuing his day by working.
Reyes learns Daisy Johnson has found him
Walking back inside, Reyes found Daisy Johnson was having a talk with Canelo, claiming that she and Reyes had gone to Garfield High School together. Johnson mockingly claimed that she was there because her Van had mysteriously burst into flames the night before, clearly commenting on what she had seen Reyes do during their previous fight. She noted that Canelo had told her that Reyes was an expert with this sort of thing and he agreed to work on her van in order to keep his secret away from Canelo and the other people he worked with so that he could keep them all safe.
Reyes warns Daisy Johnson to leave now
As they continued working on the van together, Johnson questioned Reyes about the danger of something catching fire and being a problem, but Reyes strongly hinted that she should leave it alone before she got hurt. Johnson questioned Reyes about if his victims really deserved to die but Reyes told her she should not have come. Canelo joined the conversation as they joked about Reyes' past and personality. Once Canelo had gone he warned her to leave now but Johnson used her Inhuman power to damage her van so he had to stay longer while he continued to repair the damage.
Reyes explains he sold his soul to the Devil
Johnson continued to question Reyes about his killings, with Reyes insisting that they deserved to die and his killings were vengeance. Johnson noted that there was a group called the Watchdogs who were hunting Inhumans , but Reyes corrected her that he was not an Inhuman, telling her he had sold his soul to the devil, a statement that Johnson found very hard to believe. Reyes told Johnson that he was willing to have another fight against her as he had nothing to lose, but Johnson noted that his brother would be saddened to lose him, which greatly angered Reyes.
Reyes furiously attacks Daisy Johnson
Just at that moment, Canelo told Reyes that he was leaving and wanted him to lock up the garage while he was gone. Once his friend had left, Reyes grabbed a wrench and set it aflame, telling Johnson she should not have mentioned his brother. Johnson used her powers to throw a car at Reyes, but he dodged the falling vehicle and kept moving toward her with his eyes burning, grabbing a piece of the engine and setting it on fire as a new weapon. The fight was very brief as Reyes fractured Johnson's arm which was weakened by her repeated use of her power before knocking her out. 
Searching for Guilt [ ]
Reyes speaks to the captured Daisy Johnson
Reyes tied up Daisy Johnson in Canelo 's office as he began going through the possessions which he had stolen from inside her van . Once Johnson awoke, Reyes informed her that this was the first caught anybody had caught him and he was still deciding on what to do next. Reyes noted how Johnson clearly had a death wish and before he could kill her, he needed to find some kind of proof that she deserved to die which he was unsure really existed.
Reyes discovers Daisy Johnson 's reason for guilt
The pair began to discuss each other's motives for what they were doing, with Reyes noting there was something in her past that was haunting her, while Johnson joked that this was coming from a man convinced he was possessed by the devil. Eventually, Reyes found a photograph of Lincoln Campbell and concluded that Johnson felt guilt for somebody who had died due to her and she felt that this was her fault entirely. Johnson asked why he had hunted down the Aryan Brotherhood members, noting they were working with the Chinatown Crew who were supplying them with new weapons.
Reyes chases down a team of scientists
When Johnson noted that they had stolen some kind of a weapon from the Pasadena Momentum Laboratory within Pasadena , Reyes taped up Johnson's mouth and running to the Hell Charger . Just as Reyes drove down the road, Johnson broke free and managed to leap onto the roof of the car as Reyes sped through Los Angeles . To shake her off, Reyes summoned the power of Ghost Rider, roaring as he did so, and caused flames to burst out of the car which forced Johnson to jump off while he continued to drive through the roads and towards the lab as fast as he could. 
Hunting Ghosts [ ]
Ghost Rider saves Leo Fitz from Frederick
Arriving at Momentum Labs , Reyes found Frederick who was close to killing Leo Fitz , having locked Alphonso Mackenzie inside a radiation reactor core. Just as Reyes pulled Frederick away from Fitz in time and bypassed his intangibility, Frederick looked at him straight in the eyes, with his own eyes burning red with fire. Just as Frederick questioned what Reyes was, he gave out a roar and transformed himself into Ghost Rider, much to Fitz's horror as he looked upon Ghost Rider's completely terrifying burning skull and yellow eyes.
Reyes burns and kills Frederick
While Fitz focused his efforts on trying to free his S.H.I.E.L.D. ally, Ghost Rider continued to hold onto Frederick, transforming his hand into flame and started burning him which completely killed him. While Daisy Johnson arrived and used her Inhuman powers to free Mackenzie and Fitz shut down the core before it overloaded, Ghost Rider found an image of the scientists from Momentum Labs, including Lucy Bauer , and stole it before leaving, with Johnson telling Mackenzie not to follow him or even try and engage him in a fight, knowing how dangerous Ghost Rider was. 
Working with Quake [ ]
Reyes offers Daisy Johnson a ride
While driving the Hell Charger , Reyes came across Daisy Johnson , whose van had stopped working altogether. Reyes asked if she was working with S.H.I.E.L.D. and she assured him that she was not now; Reyes then asked if she wanted to know what was connecting the Watchdogs , Aryan Brotherhood , Chinatown Crew and Momentum Labs , claiming he might be the connecting piece himself. Reyes then allowed her to enter his car as they drove away to continue their investigation. 
Reyes speaks to Daisy Johnson
Reyes and Johnson drove down the street until Reyes decided to pull over to get some petrol at a Roxxon Gas Station , all the while with Johnson attempting to make small talk with him. They overheard on another car's radio that the Inhumans had seemingly caused a blackout in Miami , with Reyes noting that he feared for his brother's safety if they were affected. They were then also caught in the EMP Strike that hit Los Angeles . Fortunately, Reyes' Hell Charger was unaffected by the attack, since had been made a few years before electronics were put in cars, allowing them to drive to Gabe's location.
Reyes and Daisy Johnson discuss Ghost Rider
Driving through the roads which were not filled with cars that had all been knocked out by the blackout, they swiftly hurried to find Reyes' brother, Gabe Reyes , who has been left stranded in the middle of the city. While they were looking for him, Reyes mentioned that his uncle Elias Morrow worked for Momentum Energy . Johnson revealed that she knew his uncle was in jail for attempted murder, but Reyes said his uncle had a reason for attacking that person . Reyes then discussed what his power was, with Johnson questioning his story of selling his soul to the devil, which did not bother Reyes.
Reyes saves his brother from street punks
Reyes and Johnson eventually found Gabe getting harassed by some punks who were joking about stealing his wheelchair. When a Pistol Punk placed his hands on Reyes' car, despite being warned against it, Reyes turned the Hell Charger red hot, burning his hands. They proceeded to fight the bullies without using their powers, but Johnson was forced to use her own Inhuman power to save Gabe, shattering the bones in her arm in the process. Eventually, Reyes and Johnson beat up all the punks using their bare hands before putting Gabe in the car and quickly driving away to safety.
Reyes questions where Daisy Johnson is
Returning to the Reyes Residence for their own safety, Reyes lit some candles while recommending that Johnson take her fractured arm to the hospital for treatment, while noting that he never got hurt since transforming into Ghost Rider healed all his injuries. That night, Reyes returned to Canelo's Auto and Body to make sure the place made it through the blackout; however, just before he left, he informed Johnson that Gabe was unaware of his powers and asked her not to reveal his secret. Back in Los Angeles by the next morning, Reyes returned home and asked his brother where Johnson was only to be told that she had disappeared during the night. 
Working with S.H.I.E.L.D. [ ]
Hell charger vs l.o.l.a. [ ].
Reyes is spotted by Alphonso Mackenzie
As Reyes pulled up to South Ridge Penitentiary to visit his uncle Eli Morrow , he spotted two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who were just leaving, however Reyes locked eyes with Alphonso Mackenzie who then recognized him from their earlier encounter when Reyes had killed the ghostly Frederick at Momentum Labs . Reyes took off driving the Hell Charger when he and Mackenzie recognized each other, with the two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents giving chase as Reyes drove through the streets of Los Angeles in a desperate attempt to escape.
Reyes is knocked out after the car chase
As Mackenzie and Phil Coulson chased down the escaping Reyes in their own car L.O.L.A. , they drove through traffic as Reyes attempted to lose them however he could, eventually ending up driving through the Los Angeles River where the open stretch gave Reyes' car the clear advantage. Before long, Reyes was able to roar far ahead from L.O.L.A. due to the Charger's impressive power. However, before he could escape from the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, Reyes is knocked unconscious when he crashed into a camouflaged Quinjet which was there waiting for him, with Coulson questioning if now he owned Reyes' car.
Reyes is questioned by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents
S.H.I.E.L.D. took Reyes and his car into their custody, locking him inside the Containment Module to protect them from his deadly powers, although Reyes questioned if it really could contain him. Coulson questioned Reyes, noting that he knew about his past at Garfield High School before he had begun working at Canelo's Auto and Body before asking about his murders, which Reyes insisted were justified as he only killed those he deserved to die. When Coulson asked if he was an Inhuman , Reyes insisted he was not and had sold his soul to the actual devil himself.
Reyes is offered a deal from Phil Coulson
Taking a risk, Coulson decided his best option was to let Reyes out of the Containment Module and work together. Reyes commented on the foolishness of this concept, noting that he could cause Zephyr One to crash if he turned himself into flame. Coulson noted that Reyes had saved Leo Fitz from Frederick and they were likely on the same side, both looking for answers. Coulson asked that Reyes speak to his uncle about what was going on and help them find answers, but not before threatening to throw him out the plane if he refused to help them in their current mission.
Reyes speaks with his uncle, Eli Morrow
Reyes was taken back to the jail where he was able to speak to Eli Morrow on S.H.I.E.L.D. 's behalf. Once he was convinced that S.H.I.E.L.D. only wanted to help, Morrow revealed that Momentum Labs and Doctor Lucy Bauer were working on a machine that defied the laws of physics. The machine blew up, "killing" everyone except for Morrow and Bauer's husband Joseph Bauer , who Morrow put into a coma because he blamed him for what happened. Morrow told Reyes that if Bauer was still alive somehow, she would now be going after " the book " which could hold the answers to not only what happened to them but how to also fix them again. 
Fighting Hellfire [ ]
Reyes is given new orders from Phil Coulson
Reyes was given a ride in a Quinjet as he returned to Zephyr One to find Phil Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie getting their weapons ready. Reyes questioned if they were going after the book , noting that it had taken him a while to catch up with their plane, but they then explained that something else had come up. Despite holding up his end of their dead, Reyes chose to go with Coulson and Mackenzie when they get an alert about an Inhuman asset who was currently in danger.
Ghost Rider reveals itself to Hellfire
Reyes joined S.H.I.E.L.D. as they traveled to a storage unit where Daisy Johnson and Jemma Simmons were being attacked by Hellfire , who had betrayed them to join the Watchdogs . Before James could kill the pair, Reyes stole his Hellfire Chain and ordered Johnson and Simmons to escape. James attempted to fight Reyes, throwing an exploding ball at his head but was shocked when his powers seem to have no effect on him, with Reyes telling James that it was time to pay for his sins before then transforming into Ghost Rider, much to Hellfire's utter horror.
Ghost Rider attacks and threatens Hellfire
Using his own Hellfire Chain against him, Ghost Rider tied James up and pins him against a wall, preparing to rip his body apart. However, James remained determined to be the last of the Inhumans to die during the massacre he was planning with the Watchdogs, and instead used his powers to break the wall apart behind him. The two burning enemies then fell backwards into the Primed and Ready Fireworks 's storage warehouse. Their combined powers of causing fire then starting a chain reaction where all of the fireworks in the store go off together causing a massive explosion.
Reyes drags Hellfire out of the wreckage
As the fireworks continued to explode from inside the building, it was eventually practically completely destroyed just right after Coulson, Mackenzie, Johnson, and Simmons had gotten out of there and watched the display from the safety of the car park. Once the explosions settled down, Reyes walked up to them while dragging an unconscious James whose body and clothing were still smoking from the intense heat, noting that Coulson had requested that Hellfire be kept alive despite what Ghost Rider intended. Reyes then left Hellfire with Simmons for medical treatment before returning to the Quinjet , keeping the Hellfire Chain for himself.
Reyes learns of Lucy Bauer and the Darkhold
With Johnson and Reyes in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Coulson convinces the two vigilantes to put their fight with the Watchdogs aside and focus on the greater threat - the Darkhold , an ancient grimoire that had been hunted by the Red Skull , Daniel Whitehall and even Nick Fury , and now Lucy Bauer was also currently searching for it. Fortunately for them, the person who could help them find it, Joseph Bauer , just came out of his coma before telling them that right now S.H.I.E.L.D. needed their help in order to finally stop Bauer's plans with the dangerous book. 
Frustration with S.H.I.E.L.D. [ ]
Reyes learns Phil Coulson is not using him
Reyes listened as Phil Coulson discussed the power of the Darkhold with Alphonso Mackenzie and Melinda May , with Coulson noting that they could not trust Jeffrey Mace with this information, but felt Reyes could be useful to their new investigation. Coulson suggested their next move would be to speak with Eli Morrow although Reyes insisted his uncle would not speak with S.H.I.E.L.D. , although Coulson explained he planned on bringing Marrow out of prison.
Reyes has a private talk with Daisy Johnson
Although Reyes insisted that he should join any mission involving his family, Coulson refused ordered him to stay on the plane. Furious about this, Reyes stormed off to an isolated part of Zephyr One where he found Daisy Johnson , who explained that if he was to leave he would be stuck in Utah . Reyes and Johnson argued about his methods before she revealed that she was trying to keep her distance from her former comrades out of fear of getting close to them, which she had been since Lincoln Campbell 's death, with Reyes noting he could see why.
Reyes learns that Eli Morrow is in danger
Before long Coulson contacted Zephyr One requesting help from Mackenzie as Lucy Bauer and the other ghosts were already at South Ridge Penitentiary and were likely looking for Morrow as he had put Joseph Bauer into a coma. Although at first, Mackenzie was reluctant to bring Reyes on the mission, noting that everyone in the prison desired to die so Ghost Rider could not be trusted. Johnson, however, argued that Reyes was their only advantage as he could kill the ghosts while the other agents could not even touch them so Mackenzie agreed. 
South Ridge Penitentiary Riot [ ]
Reyes and S.H.I.E.L.D. arrive at the prison
Once Leo Fitz had arrived on Zephyr One and provided the agents with the Ghost Infection Antidote , they loaded into the Containment Module which took them to the ground where split up into two teams, Daisy Johnson and two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents went to find Phil Coulson while Mackenzie and Reyes searched for Eli Morrow , who they assumed the ghosts were targeting, noting that the guards would likely be infected.
Reyes encounters Santino Noguera in jail
Once inside, Reyes struggled to contain Ghost Rider upon seeing so many criminals and murderers in their cell. When Reyes then recognized Santino Noguera as a member of the Fifth Street Locos , stepping over to Noguera, Reyes almost lost control upon seeing a member of the gang that had once almost killed himself and his brother . Mackenzie pulled him away and promised Reyes that he'll put him down if he loses control of his powers, but Reyes assured him he would not be using his power and he needed to keep his secret hidden from his uncle.
Reyes kills Vincent with a chain
As they stepped into the boiler room, Mackenzie and Reyes were both cornered by the two ghosts following Bauer, with Mackenzie then shooting Vincent with his Shotgun-Axe with no effect. Reyes armed himself with a chain and ripped Vincent in half, dropping it as it now burned red hot. However, Hugo then appeared and infected Mackenzie with the psychosis by walking through him and smiling at the effect, only for Reyes to use his own powers to burn Hugo and destroy him. Mackenzie gave himself the antidote as he saw Reyes' face distort into a terrifying demonic shape.
Reyes frees Eli Morrow from his prison cell
As the situation within the prison deteriorated into a riot , Reyes and Mackenzie found Morrow and explained that they were breaking him out of prison. Mackenzie used the Pick-Lock Device to break open his door and they made their way out, despite Morrow being unhappy at S.H.I.E.L.D. 's involvement under it was explained that Bauer had gained powers and was in possession of the Darkhold . With the situation getting worse, Mackenzie ordered Reyes and Morrow to go on without him so he could help some trapped members of the prison staff. 
Murder of Santino Noguera [ ]
Reyes furiously confronts Santino Noguera
As they made their way through the prison , Reyes once again saw Santino Noguera , and told Eli Morrow to get out of there so he could finish something. With his uncle gone, Reyes confronted Noguera, who was simply reading a Stephen King book in his cell rather than rioting . Reyes asked Noguera if he knew anything about a drive-by the Fifth Street Locos conducted on a pair of kids cruising through Los Angeles that ended with the gang shooting them and even lighting the Hell Charger on fire.
Ghost Rider murders Santino Noguera
Noguera revealed the drive-by was actually a hit that had failed to kill the kids but Reyes revealed that one of them was now paralyzed. Noguera was unable to reveal who had ordered the hit as he was already in prison at the time everyone who could have known was already dead, having been brutally burned alive. Reyes then noted that there was still one Fifth Street member still alive and turned into Ghost Rider before he incinerated the terrified Noguera, finishing off the Locos once and for all. The rioting prisoners saw this and returned to their cells, terrified of Ghost Rider.
Reyes learns Lucy Bauer kidnapped his uncle
With Noguera now dead, Ghost Rider transformed himself back into Reyes and made his way outside, finding Alphonso Mackenzie with Daisy Johnson and Phil Coulson . When Reyes questioned where his uncle was, Mackenzie made it clear that he did not know, noting that he had left them alone together. To Reyes' horror, it was discovered that Lucy Bauer had found and kidnapped Morrow during the chaos of the riot and they had no idea where they had gone. Returning to Zephyr One , Reyes took time alone to hate himself for his foolish mistake in leaving his uncle alone during the riot. 
Explaining the Truth [ ]
Reyes brings in Gabe Reyes for his safety
Fearing for his safety in the wake of Eli Morrow 's kidnapping, Reyes requested that Gabe Reyes be brought onto Zephyr One . Once Gabe arrived, Reyes had greeted him and was questioned about what was happening, with Gabe believing that Reyes was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent which would have explained several strange things as Daisy Johnson claimed this was the truth, which had made Reyes somewhat uncomfortable. As Gabe questioned why he was being told, Johnson explained it was for his protection since Morrow was kidnapped.
Reyes decides it's time to admit the truth
However, shortly after Gabe arrived, news came in that Jeffrey Mace was arriving in a Quinjet looking to arrest Reyes and Johnson, so they moved into the Containment Module which Alphonso Mackenzie hid underneath the Zephyr. While they waited, Johnson claimed they were being hunted because of her, but when Gabe questioned why they had to hide with her, Reyes had enough and decided it was time to tell his brother the truth. He then reminded Gabe of the time they drove the Hell Charger and were attacked by the Fifth Street Locos in the night.
Reyes explains how he became Ghost Rider
Reyes explained that when the car crashed, he had felt incredible guilt for getting Gabe killed and begged for a way to save him before being violently killed upon impact with the ground. Although Gabe remembered a Good Samaritan who had come to their aid and saved them, Reyes explained that it was not a good samaritan, but was in fact Johnny Blaze pulled up on his Hell Cycle and had infected him with Ghost Rider, bringing him back to life and cursing him with the need to bring justice to those doing evil, although Gabe was now furious that Reyes used him as an excuse for murder. 
Conflict with Jeffrey Mace [ ]
Reyes and Quake are found by Jeffrey Mace
However, before long, Jeffrey Mace discovered their location and attempted to have them all put into his custody due to the damage that could be done to S.H.I.E.L.D. 's reputation if it was discovered that they were aided a known fugitive and murderer. Reyes confronted Mace about if he could find Eli Morrow , but Mace was not interested in that mission anymore despite Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz 's objections.
Ghost Rider furiously breaking himself free
Reyes, however, refused to be locked in the Containment Module any longer and began pounding on the doors to try and break free while Daisy Johnson insisted it was impossible to escape. However, Reyes became more enraged and eventually transformed himself into Ghost Rider and continued to pound on the door with all his might, much to Gabe Reyes ' horror. Despite Fitz's insistence to Director Mace that he could not escape, Ghost Rider quickly proved them all wrong by smashing the doors apart and stepping outside in a now furious rage.
Ghost Rider furiously attacks Jeffrey Mace
Targeting the man keeping him from vengeance, Ghost Rider then attacked Director Mace, only to discover the Director had incredible strength and durability. Ghost Rider was launched across Zephyr One but continued fighting against the Director, who insisted upon being the one to battle him. Before long, Ghost Rider managed to pin Mace against a staircase and began hitting him repeatedly, attempting to beat him to death and refusing to stop even when Coulson tried to pull him away, throwing Coulson back in his fury for vengeance against Director Mace.
Ghost Rider stops attacking Jeffrey Mace
Although Coulson begged Ghost Rider to stop, promising him that they would find his uncle , Ghost Rider's rage could seemingly not be stopped as he continued to beat Mace into submission. However, it was Gabe Reyes who eventually managed to reach him, begging his brother to stop what he was doing, this did reach Reyes who snuffed out Ghost Rider's fire and transformed back into human form, with his skin soon healing from the burns that the transformation inflicted upon his body while Gabe still looked on his horror, much to Reyes' great shame.
Reyes is allowed to help with their mission
Despite the incident, Coulson was eventually able to convince Director Mace to work with Reyes in order to stop Lucy Bauer from using the Darkhold to unleash some kind of terror upon the world. They soon tracked Bauer to a disused Roxxon Power Plant and Reyes joined the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on the mission. When Melinda May questioned why Reyes had been brought on the mission, Coulson explained they had the same goal and he was the only one who could kill Bauer. Meanwhile, Daisy Johnson explained she could not hack into the Plant. 
Destroying Lucy Bauer [ ]
Reyes is confronted by Lucy Bauer
As Reyes made his way through the Roxxon Power Plant with Phil Coulson and Melinda May , they discovered that they could not communicate with Zephyr One from inside the base due to losing signal. As they continued forward, they were soon confronted by Lucy Bauer , with Reyes promising that he would deal with her. Reyes told Bauer that his uncle was Eli Morrow , noting that he was Robbie not Gabe Reyes as his eyes burned red.
Reyes burns Lucy Bauer to a violent death
Bauer explained that Joseph Bauer had hired the Fifth Street Locos to kill Morrow and the Reyes brothers should not have been harmed, explaining that Morrow had transformed her into this ghostly monster during his attempts to play god, although Reyes refused to believe her stories. Although Bauer attempted to infect Reyes by walking through him, he was unaffected and grabbed her arm, promising to make her pay. As Bauer noted he had the same fire in him that Morrow had, Reyes promised that his fire was worse before engulfing Bauer in flames as she screamed in agony.
Reyes is consumed by a blast of energy
With Bauer finally dead and the threat she posed against the world seemingly over, Reyes attempted to return to the Quinjet while Coulson and May found and rescued his uncle and reclaimed the Darkhold . However, as Reyes ran through the Power Plant's hallways to freedom, he was chased down by a blast of incredible energy from the center of the plant, which soon engulfed not only Reyes but also Coulson and Leo Fitz before they could escape, seemingly destroying all evidence of them as the Power Plant disappeared of all life, leaving only silence remaining. 
A New Deal [ ]
Trapped between realms [ ].
Reyes tries and fails to talk to Eli Morrow
In the wake of the blast, Reyes explored the corridors until he finally came across Eli Morrow ; however, when Reyes attempted to attack Morrow for lying about Lucy Bauer , he discovered he passed straight through his body and that Morrow was now unable to hear his voice. Reyes then witnessed Morrow using his own newly found powers to massacre an entire S.H.I.E.L.D. unit by impaling all of them with his carbon shards before calmly walking away, leaving a solid wall of carbon behind him to ensure no other agents could follow him as he escaped.
Reyes locates Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz
Reyes then witnessed Alphonso Mackenzie and Melinda May arriving on the scene and tried to explain that he was unable to stop Morrow from killing the agents despite his best efforts, only to quickly realize that they could not see or hear him either, without any explanation as to why this was happening to him alone or how he could possibly communicate with anybody ever again. However, while Reyes was considering his current terrible situation, Phil Coulson and Leo Fitz arrived and explained they were in the same situation and could see him. Being helped back onto his feet, Reyes questioned exactly what Morrow had done to them and how they could fix it.
Reyes tries to understand what is happening
Following the agents onto Zephyr One , Reyes watched the footage of their attack with the other trapped agents while noting that he did not believe they were actually dead but that the lights were darker and he had a pain in his stomach. Looking at their situation, Fitz was able to figure out that what had happened was they were currently being sucked down into the Multiverse , much to Reyes' confusion. Listening to the conversations, Reyes soon worked out that Morrow was working with the Chinatown Crew but was frustrated as he could not communicate with them to try and help locate Morrow.
Reyes feels a terrible cold through his body
Reyes went with Fitz to listen in as Jeffrey Mace contacted Jemma Simmons to inform her of Fitz's situation. While Reyes complained of serious pain in his stomach getting worse, Fitz listened to Mace's conversation and realized Mace and Burrows had sent Simmons on a secret mission with Ellen Nadeer and was now unable to reach her. While Fitz worried about Simmons and threatened to hit Mace when he was able to get back to Earth's dimension, Reyes collapsed in agony as he experienced unbearable cold, claiming he needed to get sunlight or some kind of warmth as he was currently dying.
Reyes feels the Spirit of Vengeance leaving
Still in agony, Reyes told Fitz and Coulson that he was being dragged down to Hell . Despite all of his best efforts to fight it, the Spirit of Vengeance then launched out of Reyes' body, lifting him high in the air before dropping Reyes back down to the ground hard. No longer in agony, Reyes realized what had happened as he saw Mackenzie attack agent James Davis and use his motorbike to drive off the plane to find Morrow, despite all Daisy Johnson 's best efforts to stop him. Seeing Johnson was taking his Hell Charger , Reyes got in the car in order to confront Mackenzie's new Ghost Rider. 
Meeting the Spirit of Vengeance [ ]
Reyes tries to communicate with Quake
With Daisy Johnson now driving the Hell Charger down the streets on Los Angeles to catch up with Alphonso Mackenzie , Reyes concerned himself with not only catching Mackenzie, but keeping his car safe from harm, as Johnson scrapped the side of it. Reyes tried to yell at Johnson despite her being unable to hear him, although he was able to send a message using the Hell Charger's indicator to tell Johnson where to go.
Reyes confronts the Spirit of Vengeance
Having arrived at a warehouse belonging to the Chinatown Crew , Reyes was forced to leave Johnson to fight off the criminals on her own while he went looking for his target. Before long, Reyes came across Mackenzie holding one of the gang members, Zhi and called out to him to stop what he was doing. Mackenzie noticed Reyes and revealed that the Spirit of Vengeance had complete control over his body who then proceeded to throw the gang member into a nearby wall and addressed Reyes directly, with Reyes claiming that although he had wanted the Spirit gone from his body for years, their work was not yet done and so he needed to return to him.
Reyes attempts to stop Alphonso Mackenzie
Reyes commanded the Spirit of Vengeance to release Mackenzie as he was truly a good man not capable of Vengeance and to possess him instead as Reyes had not gained his vengeance on Eli Morrow . The Spirit of Vengeance told Reyes that Mackenzie was a man without hope who was in pain from the loss of his own daughter and that the Spirit could live of that pain for years. The effects of the alternate dimension began to take their toll on Reyes once again and the Spirit acknowledged that it had escaped where he was being dragged down to and it was never going back there.
Reyes is given his Ghost Rider powers back
At this point, Daisy Johnson found the possessed Mackenzie who then transformed into Ghost Rider and prepared to attack her. Seeing no other choice to save himself, Mackenzie and Johnson from a fate seemingly worse than death, Reyes made a new deal with the Spirit of Vengeance; it would give him his vengeance on Marrow and in return Reyes would satisfy the spirits lust for blood. The Spirit of Vengeance accepted the deal and merged with Reyes once again and left Mackenzie's body, dragging Reyes down into Hell in order to complete this deal Reyes had now made with him.
Reyes manages to return to the Earth plane
Having quickly completed his deal with the Spirit, Reyes was able to use the Inter-Dimensional Gate that had been created by Holden Radcliffe and Aida to return to the Playground . There Reyes found Mackenzie sitting alone in the room while he was looking at a photograph of Hope Mackenzie as he fell through the Multiverse gateway and collapsed from exhaustion before slowly getting back onto his feet. Despite being clearly fearful of Reyes now he had the Spirit back, Mackenzie agreed to help settle Reyes' final score by finding and getting vengeance on Morrow. 
Attack on Eli Morrow [ ]
Reyes speaks with agent Alphonso Mackenzie
Having now finally tracked down Eli Morrow to the Chinatown Crew Headquarters , Reyes joined all the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they prepared to storm it and take on Morrow and his men. As they prepared for the mission, Reyes spoke with Alphonso Mackenzie as he refused to wear a mask for the mission despite Jeffrey Mace wanting him to keep a low profile. Reyes and Mackenzie then briefly discussed the Spirit of Vengeance and their hope of him leaving them both for good once this mission to stop all of Morrow's devastating plans had been completed.
Yo-Yo Rodriguez , Robbie Reyes and Quake
Having been joined by Quake and Yo-Yo Rodriguez , Reyes prepared to storm the building through the back door under the orders of Phil Coulson . Opening the doors and seeing that the hallway was now seemingly empty but completely dark, Quake sent in Rodriguez to use her Inhuman powers to run and the corridor and check that it was safe. However, this set off a bomb Morrow had left, nearly killing Rodriguez who barely escaped before she would have been engulfed in flames. Upon seeing this, Reyes walked in on his own.
Reyes searches around for Eli Morrow
As Reyes made his way through the base, he was soon attacked by several members of the Chinatown Crew who were attempting to defend Morrow, however, Reyes was able to easily fight them all off and continued on with his own mission, despite losing contact with S.H.I.E.L.D. along the way. Eventually, Reyes located a massive version of the Quantum Batteries that Morrow had built which held a Demon Core . Just as Reyes stepped inside the device, however, he was called out by Morrow who tried to convince his nephew to walk away from the base and return to the safety of home.
Reyes attempts to turn into Ghost Rider
Reyes, however, refused to leave and began to transform into Ghost Rider, forcing Morrow to impale Reyes with a shard of carbon, stopping his transformation. Morrow realized that Reyes had been hiding his secret of being Ghost Rider, noting he had heard stories of him while in South Ridge Penitentiary . Reyes explained he gained the power during the drive by shooting while Morrow still blamed Joseph and Lucy Bauer . When Reyes asked why Morrow had done it, he was told all Morrow had wanted was respect from all of his co-workers who had all looked down at him.
Reyes is impaled twice by Eli Morrow 's power
Despite Reyes still trying to get through to his uncle by reminding him of Gabe Reyes ' view of him and how he had gained himself a Ph.D. and a job at Momentum Labs , Morrow refused to listen. As Morrow ranted about how his newfound powers were making him a god, Reyes threatened him by claiming that now the devil was coming for him. At this moment, Reyes attempted to become Ghost Rider yet again, only for Morrow to impale him with another shard of carbon through the gut before then cruelly telling him whatever happened to him next was his own fault and walking away from Reyes. 
Self-Sacrifice [ ]
Reyes mocks all of Eli Morrow 's new powers
With Reyes impaled on the carbon spikes, Eli Morrow demonstrated his powers by creating water out of nothing, which failed to impress Reyes, despite Morrow claiming it would allow him to create life. However just as they were speaking, Phil Coulson arrived having been captured, telling Morrow that he was not a god, just a petty thief. Reyes watched Coulson explain that Morrow had been stealing compounds from the Multiverse .
Reyes is checked on by Phil Coulson
As Coulson checked on Reyes' condition, Reyes explained that he was still standing but he could feel the Spirit of Vengeance being dragged down to Hell again. Coulson continued to try and convince Morrow of his mistake and the risks involved, with Reyes telling him to listen, but Morrow refused to accept the truth due to what the Darkhold had told him. Seeing that Morrow could not be stopped by simply talking him into surrender, Coulson called on his team to attack and ordered Reyes to fight, Reyes called upon the Spirit of Vengeance and began his transformation once again.
Reyes transforms back into Ghost Rider
Reyes then watched as both Melinda May and Alphonso Mackenzie stormed into the room and attacked the Chinatown Crew , followed closely behind by Patriot who then used his own incredible strength to send the men flying back with a single punch. In order to ensure they had the advantage throughout, the team were then assisted by Yo-Yo Rodriguez who put the team in better positions in the blink of an eye before striking Morrow with a Neodymium Magnet , knocking him back in the Quantum Battery next to Reyes who had completed his own transformation back into Ghost Rider.
Ghost Rider finally burns Eli Morrow to death
With Morrow trapped and the Chinatown Crew defeated, Coulson tried to pull Ghost Rider to safety with the Hellfire Chain , however, Ghost Rider so noticed that Morrow had managed to break himself free and was trying to escape. Dropping the chain, Ghost Rider grabbed a hold of Morrow and set his entire body on fire, causing Morrow to scream in agony as he painfully burned to death. Ghost Rider made no attempt to escape as a final earthquake caused the box to then fall through the Inter-Dimensional Gate and disappear into the Multiverse, vanishing for several weeks. 
The Return [ ]
Through the gateway [ ].
Ghost Rider returns from Hell
After falling through the Hellmouth, Reyes was once again trapped in Hell for several weeks, doing the bidding of the Spirit of Vengeance in the wake of the deal he had made. While in Hell, the Spirit of Vengeance was in full control of Reyes' body and throughout the duration of their time in Hell all they did was fight and kill other beings that resided in Hell.  Reyes entered in possession of a mystical weapon called " Hellfire chain ". 
Reyes finally discovered a way to return to Earth when a tear ruptured in the dark dimension when Aida used the power of the Darkhold to create a human body for herself. As S.H.I.E.L.D. prepared to make a plan to stop Aida, who had also given herself Inhuman powers and was planning a world-changing disaster, Ghost Rider emerged through the Inter-Dimensional Gate where he wrapped his new acquired chain around himself and went to assist his allies to destroy Aida once and for all. 
Attacking Aida [ ]
Ghost Rider attacking the Superior
Following his return to the Earthly Plane, Reyes retrieved the Hell Charger and immediately drove it towards both Aida and the Darkhold , feeling like he was drawn to them. When he claimed that he had come to get the Book of Sins back, he was attacked by Life-Model Decoys of Anton Ivanov and Sergei Mishkin .
Ghost Rider attempts to destroy Aida
Ghost Rider quickly defeated both of them thanks to his superhuman strength and his Hellfire chain to decapitate Mishkin and also managed to burn Aida's arm. In a rage, Aida attacked Ghost Rider with electricity, causing his transformation. The Rider charged at her, filling Aida with fear and teleporting away, taking the Darkhold with her. Upon figuring out that she had disappeared, Ghost Rider roared in anger. 
Reunited with S.H.I.E.L.D. [ ]
Reyes returning to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Afterwards, Reyes was found by Daisy Johnson , who brought him aboard the Zephyr One after he told her about his fight against the LMDs. Phil Coulson asked Reyes how he managed to get out and find Aida, to which he answered that the Spirit of Vengeance felt drawn to anything made of dark matter, which included not only the Darkhold but Aida as well, since she had used the powers of the Book of Sins to create her body. Coulson and Johnson quickly understood that Ghost Rider was S.H.I.E.L.D. 's best chance of killing Aida.
Reyes confronting Aida
When Aida attacked an International Inquiry Committee with her LMDs, Reyes joined an assault team made of Johnson, Coulson and Melinda May in order to stop them. Successfully teaming up with Johnson, Reyes managed to destroy all the LMDs and, although Aida fled once again, they retrieved the Darkhold. Reyes returned to the Zephyr One with the others and told them that he would bring the book to Hell. However, Coulson asked him not to do it immediately, since they could use it as bait to lure Aida into a trap.
Reyes discussing the Framework
While all the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were confronting Aida at the Playground , Reyes stayed with Johnson on the Zephyr One, telling her about his experience in Hell and helping her monitoring the vitals of Alphonso Mackenzie and Elena Rodriguez , who were still trapped in the Framework . Though Mackenzie and Rodriguez were almost wiped out of the Framework, they escaped in time and were greeted in the real world by Reyes and Johnson. 
Return to Hell [ ]
Ghost Rider returns to Hell
Meanwhile, at the Playground , Aida confronted Phil Coulson . Unbeknownst to her, the Spirit of Vengeance had made a deal with Coulson and Reyes, which included temporarily using Coulson's body as a vessel. Coulson then used his Ghost Rider powers to destroy Aida's body once and for all despite all Aida's efforts to resist him using her Inhuman powers. The battle against Aida being over, the Spirit of Vengeance returned into Reyes' body. Reyes then took the Darkhold and used his powers to open an Inter-Dimensional Gate towards Hell , once again leaving the Earthly Plane after exchanging a friendly look with Daisy Johnson . 
Personality [ ]
Robbie Reyes is a tough and street-smart young man due to his upbringing in Los Angeles . He showed a great level of responsibility and selflessness when he dropped out of high school during the eleventh grade because there wasn't enough money and caring for Gabe when he was injured. Despite dropping out of his education, Reyes displays intelligence, ingenuity and that he is smart but still prefers to work on cars. He is also very caring and protective over his paraplegic younger brother, Gabe, as he would act as his nurse, help support him with a job as a mechanic, and even attacked and restrained Daisy Johnson when she mentioned him since he felt she was a threat to him. When they were attacked he told anyone who would listen to save his brother rather than himself.
However, upon becoming Ghost Rider, he was turned into a ruthless and merciless killer. His targets are anyone who is guilty of a crime and is unpunished for it, especially when it is a violent crime. Therefore, if a person is not guilty of a crime, he will not kill them even if they consider themselves deserving of death for whatever reason, though he could also judge for himself if he felt they should die and would look for proof. However, it is implied that Reyes is not in full control of his actions and behavior as Ghost Rider. He has stated that he is not the one who decides his victims and threatened Quake to leave him alone since he would become angry enough that he would forget what he would do to her. Being possessed by the Spirit of Vengeance drives Ghost Rider into a hatred towards any being made of dark matter: as such, when Aida , who had acquired a biological body thanks to the Darkhold , escaped from him by teleporting away, Ghost Rider roared in rage and resorted to do anything to bring Aida back to where he thought she belonged, Hell .
Even in and out of his state as Ghost Rider, Reyes still has enough control and morality to judge people on his own, such as when he spared Quake. He then looked through her belongings to see if Quake was truly worth killing and even seemed to want to find something so that he could justify killing her. He demonstrated the capacity to fight someone without killing them, even as Ghost Rider, as seen where he spared the thugs who harassed him, Gabe and Quake, and later on, spared Hellfire during their fight, having been told that he was wanted alive. While he is displayed as cruel and ruthless to criminals, he believes that atoning for his uncle 's attack on Momentum Labs , which created ghosts like Lucy Bauer , will pay his debt to the Devil, and rid him of Ghost Rider and the curse of having to kill the guilty. He uses the powers given to him by the Devil to fulfill his personal vengeance against the gang that ran over him and Gabe, leading to Gabe's paraplegia.
Powers and Abilities [ ]
Reyes transforming into Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider breaks himself free
- Superhuman Durability : Reyes has enhanced durability in his human form. He can still be physically damaged in his human form, as he gained a cut on his face while fighting Quake untransformed, but he is still beyond capable of fighting when injured. In his human form, he was able to withstand Quake 's attacks, being undamaged when she used her powers to smash him into a van and then into several barrels. The former case was particularly evident when Quake was visibly shocked after seeing Reyes unfazed after getting smashed on the side of a van. When Hellfire threw a fireball at him, Reyes was only slightly fazed, despite the burning hole it left in his cheek. When the Spirit of Vengeance assumes control, he is almost invulnerable to harm or damage. He survived a firework factory explosion and remained conscious, unlike Hellfire who also survived but was knocked out. Also, when transformed, he was immune to I.C.E.R. shots, which merely bounced off him with no effect. Ghost Rider also resisted Aida 's electrokinesis powers, being little if not affected by her energy blasts. His durability seems to be strongest when he is fully aware of his surroundings and transformed; when he was trying to escape Coulson and was unaware of the cloaked Quinjet that was in the path of his car, he was knocked unconscious by the crash and was captured.
- Superhuman Agility : Ghost Rider is very agile, being able to spin with his chain in order to attack Aida , who simply teleported away. He also wrapped his chain around Superior and then ducked quickly, allowing Quake to defeat him. While fighting the Sergi Mishkin LMD , he quickly pulled Mishkin towards him and then stomped on him before moving on to the next victim quickly.
- Superhuman Stamina : Reyes is empowered with great stamina which allowed his to fight for a long time. Ghost Rider repeatedly punched the doors of the Containment Module at full force and then fought the Patriot without tiring. He also fought both Aida and multiple Life-Model Decoys at once. Along with other enemies, Reyes also fought Quake and Eli Morrow without tiring.
- Regenerative Healing Factor : The supernatural energies that empower Robbie provide full recovery from any damage done to him. Though he received a cut on his face while battling Quake, these injuries disappeared the next day without even a scar. After getting a burnt hole in his face due to Hellfire's attacks and then transforming into Ghost Rider, he emerged afterward in his human form without any sign of being damaged at all. This means that transforming into Ghost Rider and then back to his human form can allow him to recover completely from damage instantly. Reyes has described himself as nearly impossible to kill. However, the cracks in his skull, which he sustained when he was thrown out of Hell Charger and hit the street, never healed and are visible when he transforms.
Ghost Rider creates a ball of fire
Ghost Rider burning Hugo down to ashes
- Heat Generation : A sub-power to his manipulation of fire and enchantment, Robbie is capable of applying heat to anything he touches. He can set any object in a high-temperature state causing anyone to feel a burning sensation without infusing fire. He has demonstrated this ability when fighting against street thugs along with Quake , causing his car to heat up when a thug touched it, burning him.
- Heat Immunity : Because of the Ghost Rider's physiology, he is immune to heat and burning.
- Dark Matter Detection : The Spirit of Vengeance possesses an extrasensory ability that is made to sense and track the presence of objects and beings made of Dark Matter, such as Aida or the Darkhold .
- Empathy : Ghost Rider can look into someone's eyes and see into their heart and soul, to see what kind of person they truly are. He can examine their mental and emotional characteristics and qualities to determine if they are evil and in need of punishment, such as a corrupt cop or a teacher who was secretly a pedophile . While this ability is usually how Ghost Rider is able to find his targets, he can also rule a good person out as a target, bypassing that person's opinion of himself or herself. This was demonstrated by him having the opportunity to kill Quake , while she was even telling him to, only for him to see that she was a penitent woman who was trying to be good. 
- Non-Physical Interaction : Ghost Rider can touch non-corporeal entities or at least individuals whose bodies are out of phase with the Earth realm. If the situation requires, he can hold them and completely incinerate them with his fire. He was able to grab Frederick by the arm and neck in his human form before transforming and burning Frederick into embers with his blazing hand, he was able to burn Vincent to embers with the Hellfire Chain , and he was able to do the same to Hugo with his touch, though in the latter events, he was able to do so without even transforming. Aida learned that this entity was able to make contact with her while trying to teleport, so she avoided it until she was ambushed by it using a different host .
Ghost Rider driving the Hell Charger
- Fear Negation : Ghost Rider is immune to dangerous physical conditions that normal humans couldn't withstand. When Lucy Bauer attempted to infect Ghost Rider, he was completely unaffected, not even reacting to her passing through him.
Abilities [ ]
Ghost Rider fighting against Jeffrey Mace
Ghost Rider restrains Hellfire with chain
- Engineer : As a mechanic, Reyes had knowledge in automobile mechanics. He easily identified a possible source of the broke van of Daisy Johnson . However, he soon learned that she caused the problem herself with her powers.
- Bilingualism : Reyes is fluent in his native English, as well as Spanish.
Equipment [ ]
Weapons [ ].
- Hellfire Chain : During his battle with the Inhuman Hellfire , Ghost Rider took his flaming chain as his own, successfully using the improvised weapon against its former owner. He could imbue it with fire and swing it like a lasso.
Ghost Rider swings his mystical weapon
Other Equipment [ ]
- Inter-Dimensional Gate : Reyes used an Inter-Dimensional Gate for the first time to return to the Earthly Plane after being trapped between dimensions and nearly being dragged into Hell . He was eventually sent into Hell along with Eli Morrow 's bomb to protect Los Angeles but eventually managed to return through an Inter-Dimensional Gate which was opened when Aida created a body out of dark matter. Ghost Rider lost use for the Inter-Dimensional Gates, however, since he had acquired the ability to open portals of his own with his mystical chain .
Vehicles [ ]
- Hell Charger : The Hell Charger is a 1969 Dodge Charger owned by Reyes. When he acts as Ghost Rider, the car is able to emit flames from the engine and wheels, superheating its surface at will, and is seemingly indestructible.
Facilities [ ]
- Reyes Residence : Reyes' place of living. Reyes lived in this home with his uncle Eli Morrow and his younger brother Gabe Reyes . Once Morrow was imprisoned, Reyes was left in charge of the house. He notably invited the vigilante Quake to recover from her wounds during the Blackout Attack .
- Garfield High School : Reyes used to attend Garfield High School, but he eventually dropped out in the eleventh grade.
- Canelo's Auto and Body : Reyes' place of work. Reyes began to work for Canelo after he abandoned his studies. He was one day visited by Quake , who wanted to investigate him after her Duel at El Monte Junk and Salvage against Ghost Rider.
- El Monte Junk and Salvage : A salvage yard where Ghost Rider used to park his Hell Charger . Ghost Rider once brought there a member of the Aryan Brotherhood for interrogation. He and Quake also had a fierce duel in this salvage yard.
Relationships [ ]
Appearances [ ].
- In the comics, Robbie Reyes bonded with the demonic spirit of his uncle after being shot by mercenaries working for Calvin Zabo , who were trying to retrieve pills which contained the Mister Hyde formula . Reyes is one of the many holders of the Ghost Rider title, preceded by Carter Slade , Johnny Blaze , Daniel Ketch and Alejandra Jones .
- Ghost Rider is directly responsible for the deaths of at least 57 Marvel Cinematic Universe characters.
- Reyes is the second character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have taken over the mantle of a former superhero, with the first being Scott Lang .
Behind the Scenes [ ]
- When asked why Ghost Rider doesn't speak while transformed, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. VFX supervisor Mark Kolpack reasoned he is much scarier that way, in addition to not actually having a voice box for doing so. 
- Morgan Benoit was a stunt double for Gabriel Luna in the role of Ghost Rider.
- Jobeth Wagner was a stand-in for Gabriel Luna in the role of Ghost Rider.
- A Ghost Rider series was in development at Hulu , but the project was eventually canceled.
References [ ]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.01: The Ghost
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.05: Lockup
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04: Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.06: The Good Samaritan
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.02: Meet the New Boss
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.03: Uprising
- ↑ Translates from Spanish to: " Ordering drive-bys on a couple of kids a few years back? Two brothers, just kids were cruising around the neighborhood. Fifth Street Locos rolled up , sprayed them with bullets, lit the car on fire and left them to die! "
- ↑ Translates from Spanish to: " Yeah, I remember that. I also heard those boys lived, right?"
- ↑ Translates from Spanish to: " And one of them will never walk! "
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.07: Deals With Our Devils
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.08: The Laws of Inferno Dynamics
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.22: World's End
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season Four Declassified
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.21: The Return
- ↑ Gabriel Luna Explains Why Ghost Rider Didn't Kill Quake On Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- ↑ Mark Kolpack on Twitter, 28 October 2016
External Links [ ]
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Other individuals include Johnny's half-brother Danny Ketch , who was imbued with a Spirit of Vengeance by the medallion on his motorcycle's gas cap; Alejandra Jones , who was chosen to become Zarathos' next host after Blaze gave up his demonic powers; and Robbie Reyes , who was indwelled by a Spirit of Vengeance after being mortally wounded and possessed by the demonic ghost of his uncle Eli Morrow.
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- When motorcycle rider Johnny Blaze sells his soul to the Devil to save his father's life, he is transformed into the Ghost Rider, the Devil's own bounty hunter, and is sent to hunt down sinners.
- When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze finds that his father Barton Blaze has terminal cancer, he accepts a pact with Mephistopheles, giving his soul for the health of his beloved father. But the devil deceives him, and Barton dies in a motorcycle accident during an exhibition. Johnny leaves the carnival, his town, his friends, and his girlfriend Roxanne. Many years later, Johnny Blaze becomes a famous motorcyclist, who risks his life in his shows, and he meets Roxanne again, now a television reporter. However, Mephistopheles proposes Johnny to release his contract if he become the "Ghost Rider" and defeat his evil son Blackheart, who wants to possess one thousand evil souls and transform hell on Earth. — Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- This is the story of Johnny Blaze, who was only a teen-aged stunt biker when he sold his soul to the devil known as Mephistopheles. Many years later, Johhny is a world-renowned daredevil by day, but at night, he becomes the devil's legendary bounty hunter called the Ghost Rider. He is charged with finding evil souls on Earth and bringing them back to hell. But when a twist of fate brings Johnny's long-lost love Roxanne back into his life, Johnny realizes he just might have a second chance at happiness if he can beat the devil Blackheart and win back his soul. To do so, he'll have to defeat his nemesis and wayward son, Blackheart, whose plot to take over his father's realm will bring hell on Earth unless Ghost Rider can stop him before it's too late. — ahmetkozan
- In 1986, the then innocent, seventeen-year-old motorcycle stuntman, Johnny Blaze, struck a bargain with the demon Mephistopheles to spare his father from certain death. Two decades later, the past comes back to haunt Johnny, now a famous daredevil, when the evil entity returns bearing dark gifts in exchange for a favour: to hunt down Mephisto's son, Blackheart, and if Blaze succeeds, he can have his precious soul back. As Johnny becomes the Devil's feared left hand, riding a fiery motorcycle, the legendary Spirit of Vengeance emerges. Now, with his flesh consumed by hellfire when around evil, all sinners will have to pay in blood. Is there an escape from the supernatural, leather-clad anti-hero from Hell? — Nick Riganas
- In order to save his dying father, young stunt cyclist Johnny Blaze sells his soul to Mephistopheles and sadly parts from the pure-hearted Roxanne Simpson, the love of his life. Many years later, Johnny's path crosses again with Roxanne, now a reporter, and also with Mephistopheles, who offers to release Johnny's soul if Johnny becomes the fabled, fiery Ghost Rider, a supernatural agent of vengeance and justice. Mephistopheles charges Johnny with defeating the despicable Blackheart, Mephistopheles' nemesis and son, who plans to displace his father and create a new hell even more terrible than the old one. — Kenneth Chisholm
- The movie opens with the voice of the Caretaker ( Sam Elliott ) relating the legend of the Ghost Rider - a damned soul condemned to walk the earth and obey the Devil's orders. The Ghost Rider had been sent to collect a parchment known as the Contract of San Venganza, which holds the power of 1000 evil souls. The Ghost Rider knew that this Contract was pure evil, so he betrayed his heritage and outran the Devil himself. The action changes to a carnival, where the father-son stunt duo of Barton Blaze ( Brett Cullen ) and his son Johnny ( Matt Long ) are performing on ramps for the crowd. After the show, Barton chastises Johnny for showing off and being extra reckless in an attempt to impress his girlfriend Roxanne Simpson ( Raquel Alessi ). Later that day, Roxanne and Johnny meet under a tree, and Roxanne tells Johnny that her father is sending her away. Johnny decides to pack up and they will run away together. They share a kiss before departing. Johnny goes back to his house to find his father asleep, holding a piece of paper. It is a report from a doctor, and the news is not good- he's been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Crushed, Johnny goes out to work on his motorcycle, when he is approached by Mephistopheles ( Peter Fonda ) who asks if Johnny will perhaps one day ride for him. Mephistopheles mentions Barton's illness and offers to help. Johnny asks what he could give in return, and Mephistopheles says "Your soul." Johnny, thinking the man crazy or sarcastic, responds "OK." Mephistopheles offers Johnny a contract, and Johnny cuts himself when opening it. Mephistopheles accepts this blood drop as an appropriate signature. Johnny wakes up in bed with Barton energetic and cheerful. Barton confesses to Johnny that he had been sick, but now feels "healthy as a horse." Johnny is stunned. Barton attempts a new stunt at the show the next day (jumping through a ring of fire), but he comes up short and crashes. Johnny tearfully watches his father die while Mephistopheles laughs ominously. Johnny sees Roxanne at the hilltop tree but does not join her and rides off into the distance. Mephistopheles approaches Johnny, promising that one day he will come for Johnny's services when needed. We fast-forward to 10 years later. Johnny (now played by Nicolas Cage ) is the most famous daredevil in the world. He is attempting a new stunt at a sold-out stadium, jumping over a row of parked semi-rigs. Johnny clears the targets on the field, but comes up short on the landing, wrecking his bike and sending him crashing into a wall. Johnny's pit crew, led by his best friend Mack ( Donal Logue ) rush to his side and find Johnny dazed but uninjured. The crowd roars with cheers as Johnny gets back up. Later, as Johnny and his crew are on the road, Mack is perplexed, believing that there is no way Johnny should have survived that crash. Mack suggests that maybe Johnny has a guardian angel, and Johnny mildly suggests that "Maybe it's something else" as he looks out the window, and momentarily sees his face turn into a skeleton with a flash of lightning. Mack and the crew watch a TV advertisement for Johnny's next stunt, taking place in his old hometown. Johnny will be attempting to clear an entire football field (300 feet), jumping over 50 cars in the process. Meanwhile, another strange figure in black, Blackheart, ( Wes Bentley ) arrives at a Hell's Angels club out in the desert. He proceeds to kill nearly all of the members with a single touch. Mack and Johnny arrive at Johnny's apartment, where Mack tries to talk Johnny out of doing this new stunt because it seems too risky. Mack is worried because Johnny is becoming increasingly reckless while delving into strange interests (Johnny's apartment has a lot of strange books about the occult). Johnny responds that he is merely looking for "a sign and a second chance." Back at the Hell's Angels bar, Blackheart is approached by 3 elemental spirits; Gressil (earth)( Laurence Breuls ), Wallow (water)( Daniel Frederiksen ) and Abigor (wind)( Mathew Wilkinson ) and recruits their help in finding the Contract of San Venganza. The spirits agree even though they are afraid of Mephistopheles (a name that angers Blackheart). Johnny is getting ready for his new stunt when he is approached by a reporter for an interview. To his shock, it is his old girlfriend Roxanne (now played by Eva Mendes ). Johnny is so stunned by her arrival that he cannot answer any of her interview questions. Roxanne breaks off the interview and leaves before Johnny begins his jump. Mack joins Johnny on the ramp, feeling relieved now that Johnny has agreed to take the cars out of the jump. Johnny then reveals that he thought of something else to put in, and the stadium roof opens to allow six Blackhawk helicopters to descend in. Mack is angry about this change and demands to know what prompted such an idea. Johnny explains that his father Barton thought it would be cool. Johnny sets up his bike, though his mind is obviously still focused on Roxanne. Without warning, he throttles up and heads down the ramp. After a few tense seconds, Johnny makes it across with a perfect landing. Johnny waves to the crowd and then speeds off. Roxanne and her news van are riding down the expressway when they are confronted by Johnny. Johnny pulls a few stunts to get the van to stop so he can talk to Roxanne. Roxanne relents, telling Johnny to meet her in the restaurant of her hotel later that evening. A group of motorists angry at the stop of traffic storm over to see what is happening, but when they find out that Johnny Blaze is on the freeway they swarm around asking for autographs. Blackheart and his gang confront Mephistopheles, the man in black who made the contract with Johnny. Mephistopheles warns them about trying to take the contract of San Venganza and threatens them with the Ghost Rider. Blackheart is unafraid. It is revealed through this conversation that Blackheart is Mephistopheles' son. Johnny is preparing for his date with Roxanne when he notices his hands glowing bright red. He washes them only to observe steam rising off his palms. Johnny goes out into the alley to find a brand-new motorcycle revved up and waiting for him. Mephistopheles appears, revealing that he has decided to invoke Johnny's services. Mephistopheles explains that he has been keeping Johnny alive all this time so that this day could come. Mephistopheles compels Johnny to get on the new bike and sends him off after Blackheart, offering to return Johnny's soul if he is successful. Johnny's new bike sets off at such a speed that it burns a trail of fire and destruction through the town. Blackheart and his gang arrive at a train yard where they are confronted by the night watchman ( Peter Callan ). Blackheart is curious, stating that this land was once a cemetery. The watchman explains that the graves were moved by St. Michael's Church, and Blackheart kills him. Johnny arrives and dismounts the bike, thrashing in pain. Fire erupts from his feet and hands, as Johnny roars with a mixture of pain and evil desire. Finally, his head bursts into flame, revealing a skeletal skull. Johnny Blaze has become the new Ghost Rider. Blackheart confronts the Ghost Rider and sends in his elementals to fight. Ghost Rider grabs some chains off a nearby wall to use as weapons but is stopped when Gressil drives a truck into the building. Ghost Rider erupts from behind the truck, lighting one of his chains on fire and ensnaring Gressil. Gressil screams in pain as he is turned to stone and dissolves. Ghost Rider whistles and his motorcycle appears. He touches the gas cap and the motorcycle transforms into a fiery skull-and-chain entity, much like the Ghost Rider himself. He rides through town and spots a young woman ( Rebel Wilson ) being mugged. He grabs the mugger ( Peter Barry ) who stabs him, but the knife merely melts off in Ghost Rider's body. Ghost Rider commands the mugger to "Look into my eyes." The mugger screams in horror as his memories of past crimes come back to haunt him. When this torture is finished, Ghost Rider tosses the mugger aside. Ghost Rider ends his drive through town on the outskirts, obviously growing weaker by the oncoming morning. He arrives in a cemetery and slowly but painfully changes back into Johnny Blaze. Johnny collapses at the headstone of his father, Barton. Roxanne, angry at Johnny for standing her up, reports on the chaos in town. The police find a license plate during the investigation that belongs to one of Johnny Blaze's bikes. Johnny is found by the Caretaker, who offers help. Johnny is skeptical at first, but relents. The Caretaker explains that the Ghost Rider is essentially "the Devil's bounty hunter," who must hunt down anyone escaping from hell. Furthermore, the Ghost Rider only appears at night or in the presence of evil. Johnny remembers what he did to the mugger, and the caretaker explains that that was the Ghost Rider's greatest weapon - the Penance Stare. It makes anyone who feels it experience the pain of every sin they have caused. The Caretaker explains the story of the last Ghost Rider and the town of San Venganza's souls. He also reveals that the spirits following Blackheart are The Hidden -- fallen angels cast out of Heaven. Johnny leaves to take care of some business, which the Caretaker advises against (Blackheart and The Hidden cannot come onto sacred ground such as the cemetery, so Johnny would be safer staying there). Johnny looks at the devastation caused by last night's events. He meets Roxanne, who is very mad at him. Johnny goes back to his apartment and does some research about "fire elements," and is able to display a minor degree of control over his new powers. Roxanne arrives and asks him what has been going on with Johnny. Johnny decides to be honest with her, but Roxanne does not accept his story (selling the soul to the devil and becoming a bounty hunter), thinking he is either lying to keep her away or has gone insane. Johnny walks outside and the police arrest him, thinking him responsible for the previous night's murders. Johnny denies any involvement, and the police throw him in a holding cell. The inmates recognize Johnny and decide to attack him out of revenge for never seeing him fail in his stunt shows. One young inmate stands up for Johnny but he is knocked aside. The remaining inmates jump on Johnny, who effortlessly transforms into Ghost Rider and defeats them all. Ghost Rider steals the lead thug's jacket and gloves, making small spikes emerge from the metal detailing. Ghost Rider proceeds to burn through the cell bars and leaves. He hesitates for a minute in confronting the young inmate who stood up for him, then proclaims the young man to be "Innocent" and walks off. Blackheart is seen at St. Michael's Church, asking the minister about the Contract of San Venganza. The minister denies any knowledge, so Blackheart kills him. Upon learning that the Ghost Rider is active again, Blackheart sends Abigor to deal with him. Ghost Rider reclaims his motorcycle and escapes from police custody. The cops quickly give pursuit, eventually trapping him in a dead-end alley. Ghost Rider merely tilts his motorcycle and proceeds to ride straight up the building! Roxanne, in a building across the block, is packing to leave when she looks out and sees the strange display. Ghost Rider confronts Abigor on the rooftop, but they are ambushed by a police helicopter. Ghost Rider uses his chains to throw the copter away from the roof so they do not interfere. Ghost Rider then attempts to catch Abigor just like he did with Gressil, but Abigor uses his wind powers to escape. This gives Ghost Rider an idea: he ignites a chain and spins it, causing a cyclone that pulls in Abigor. After a few minutes of resistance, the Wind Spirit is destroyed. The police attempt to apprehend Ghost Rider as he comes down from the roof. Ghost Rider attempts to resist until he spots Roxanne in the crowd. The flames on the Ghost Rider's head grow fainter as he approaches Roxanne. The police see this as an advantage and open fire with their weapons. Ghost Rider conjures a wall of flame and escapes, retreating to the cemetery. The Caretaker finishes the story of the Contract of San Venganza by telling Johnny about the previous Ghost Rider - a former Texas Ranger named Carter Slade. Slade became corrupt and made a deal with Mephistopheles to save his life. When Carter Slade saw what was happening at San Venganza, he took the Contract and hid it. The Caretaker puts forth the theory that Carter was buried with it. Roxanne returns to Johnny's apartment where she meets Mack. Mack talks bout how Johnny has had weird interests recently and Roxanne begins to flip through some of Johnny's books. She is now convinced that what Johnny told her was true. Blackheart suddenly appears and kills Mack. Johnny returns to find Mack dead and Blackheart holding Roxanne captive. He transforms into the Ghost Rider and attempts to use the Penance Stare on Blackheart. Blackheart merely laughs, explaining that the Penance Stare will not work on him because he has no soul. Blackheart agrees to free Roxanne if Johnny brings him the Contract at the ruins of San Venganza by morning. Johnny returns to the cemetery, vowing to dig up the entire place if need be. The Caretaker shatters his shovel, revealing a rolled-up parchment in the handle. It is the contract. Johnny decides to take it and have a final fight with Blackheart. The Caretaker relents, thinking that Johnny's circumstances make him unpredictable and he just might have an advantage. The Caretaker whistles, summoning a mysterious horse from the shadows. He climbs on and bursts into flames. The Caretaker reveals that HE is Carter Slade, the previous Ghost Rider. Both Riders head out to San Venganza. Carter escorts Johnny to San Venganza but then collapses. Carter explains that the trip has exhausted the last of his Ghost Rider powers. Carter gives Johnny a shotgun and then rides off into the sunset, ready to face eternity for his actions. Johnny is riding into San Venganza when he is ambushed by Wallow, the last surviving Hidden. Wallow pulls Johnny underwater, trying to drown him. Johnny counters by transforming into the Ghost Rider and super-heating the water, evaporating Wallow. Blackheart appears with Roxanne in custody. He lets Roxanne go as Johnny hands over the contract. Before Blackheart can take the Contract, Johnny transforms into the Ghost Rider and attacks. Blackheart manages to fight off Ghost Rider's attacks and reads the Contract, commanding the spirits within the town to join with him. The spirits emerge and unite with Blackheart, who then proclaims "My name is Legion; for we are many." Roxanne attacks Legion with Carter Slade's shotgun. It wounds him but does little to slow his advance. Johnny catches the shotgun and infuses it with his Ghost Rider powers, turning it into a hell-fire weapon. The blast disintegrates Legion, but he effortlessly begins to reform. Johnny realizes that Legion now has all thousand souls from San Venganza trapped within him, and has made himself vulnerable to the Ghost Rider's greatest weapon. He transforms into the Ghost Rider one last time and traps Legion long enough to use the Penance Stare. Legion screams in agony as the sins of one thousand souls pass through his body. Legion reverts to Blackheart and dies, the Penance Stare having succeeded once again. Mephistopheles arrives and congratulates Johnny on his success. He offers to take back the Ghost Rider powers, but Johnny refuses. He decides to keep the powers and use them against Mephistopheles' evil. He is angry but he cannot take back the power by force, and vows to make Johnny pay. Johnny and Roxanne share an emotional farewell as Johnny vows to head out and go wherever the road takes him.
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In avengers (2018) #7.
An intelligent caveman named “Ghost” from 1,000,000 B.C. was the lone survivor of a Wendigo attack. It was during this confrontation that Ghost was approached by a snake and was given a Spirit of Vengeance, making him the 1,000,000 B. C. Ghost Rider. Although he lost the battle (and his Hell Mammoth) to the Wendigo, B.C. Ghost Rider joined the Stone Age Avengers to battle the Fallen in MARVEL LEGACY (2017) #1.
in Ghost Rider (2006) #33
The next Ghost Rider (that we know of) was a Sioux chieftain during the 11th century. Going by the name Hellhawk, he was part of the 1,000 A. D. Avengers, and, according to some dialogue in AVENGERS (2018) #24, had a rivalry with the Puritan Avenger/Ghost Rider Noble Kale. Hellhawk was killed by Necrosis, on orders by Belasco, to keep all Spirits of Vengeance out of Limbo. The message was definitely received.
Kushala: The Spirit Rider
In spirits of vengeance: spirit rider (2021) #1.
An Apache woman from the 19th century, Kushala’s parents and tribe were killed by the United States Army. She prayed for help from the Creator but instead received an answer from Leviathan, a Spirit of Vengeance. During that time, she was known as the Demon Rider and was even the Sorcerer Supreme. She was transported to the modern era with other Sorcerers Supreme in DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME (2016).
In marvel spotlight (1971) #5.
Johnny Blaze was the first Spirit of Vengeance in Marvel history but the second character to use the Ghost Rider name: Phantom Rider Carter Slade has the honor of using it first. Blaze was a motorcycle stuntman who bonded with Spirit of Vengeance Zarathos to save his surrogate father. Since this choice, Blaze has been on teams like the Legion of Monsters and the Midnight Sons. Oh, and he was also the King of Hell!
In ghost rider (1990) #1.
Blaze hasn’t been the only Ghost Rider in the present era! When he gave up his powers in 1983, a new person stepped in to fill the hellish void. Danny Ketch is Blaze’s long-lost, younger brother, and unlike his predecessor, would get along well with his Spirit of Vengeance. Adding to an ever-growing resume, Ketch was also one-fourth of the NEW FANTASTIC FOUR, along with Joe Fixit, Spider-Man, and Wolverine.
In ghost rider (2011) #1.
After FEAR ITSELF, Alejandra Jones was introduced as a new Ghost Rider. One key difference was that Jones trained for the role; when the time came, her mentor performed a ritual to turn her into the demonic being. Jones was later trained by Blaze, but after some wild occurrences, he took back most of his power. Furious, Jones used her remaining abilities to protect her village, up until her death in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE.
In all-new ghost rider (2014) #1.
Robbie Reyes is a young man from Los Angeles and a successful mechanic. Reyes wanted to move his younger brother into a safer neighborhood, but didn’t have the funds. So, he entered a street race to win $50,000. All did NOT go to plan. Robbie was shot—and then revived—by the spirit of his estranged uncle Eli Morrow. While fending off his uncle’s urges to kill, Reyes became an Avenger and was freed of Eli’s influence.
In doctor strange: damnation (2018) #2.
During Mephisto’s takeover of Las Vegas, Doctor Strange became a Ghost Rider! Strange’s consciousness was tricked by letting him believe that “Loki,” “Scarlet Witch, and “Clea” were helping him escape from his cell, when in reality, he was attacking his rescuers while his soul was in Hell. Fortunately, with help from some Avengers, Bats the Basset Hound, and even Dormammu, Strange was returned to his “normal” state.
Kenshiro "Zero" Cochrane
In ghost rider 2099 (2019) #1.
AKA Ghost Rider 2099! Kenshiro "Zero" Cochrane was an anarchist hacker in a gang called the Hotwire Martyrs. Shot by a rival gang and on the brink of death, he transferred his consciousness to cyberspace, where he was discovered by an A.I. collective named Ghostworks. When asked to become their avatar of change, Cochrane obviously said yes and was downloaded into a Cybertek 101 warbot.
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In cosmic ghost rider (2018) #1.
What happens when you combine the Punisher, Ghost Rider, and awesome cosmic might? You get Frank Castle as the Cosmic Ghost Rider! This version of Castle was from an alternate universe in which Thanos conquered everything. After making a deal with Mephisto to become the Ghost Rider (and receiving an upgrade from the Power Cosmic), Castle would end up as a servant of Thanos after spending centuries trying to kill him.
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Director of Nic Cage's 'Ghost Rider' film recalls 'Wild West' era of Marvel movies before the MCU
"It was a very different kind of environment, you really had to fight a lot for your characters."
Long before Iron Man kicked off a shared cinematic universe the likes of which Hollywood had never seen, movies based on classic Marvel properties were quite disconnected from one another. Shocking, we know. With 2007's Ghost Rider streaming on Peacock this month, SYFY WIRE reached out to the film's writer-director, Mark Steven Johnson, for his recollections of the pre-MCU era.
"It was kind of like the Wild West. It was a very different thing," he tells us over Zoom. "We were more scrappy and trying to find a home for characters that I loved as a kid growing up, reading [the comics]. It was a very different kind of environment, you really had to fight a lot for your characters ... But on the plus side, because there wasn't so much pressure of everything fitting into some grand design, you could do some things that were different, which I kind of pushed to the limit with Ghost Rider ."
By the late 2000s, future MCU architect Kevin Feige was already on the up-and-up as a leading executive of Marvel Studios, having served as a producer on the X-Men , Spider-Man , and Fantastic Four franchises. Feige also produced 2003's Daredevil , another movie that Johnson wrote and directed that starred Ben Affleck as Matt Murdock and a pre- Iron Man Jon Favreau as Foggy Nelson. "He was always incredibly smart, very kind, very supportive," Johnson remembers of Feige. "But now, he is Marvel. It’s really incredible to see what he's done. I'm so happy for him."
The idea of a skeletal motorcyclist punishing the wicked on behalf of Satan doesn't seem too far-fetched in the current comic book movie landscape, but back in 2007 (a year before Robert Downey Jr.'s indelible performance as Tony Stark changed everything), it was a major gamble for Sony/Columbia, which distributed Ghost Rider .
"I’m a big Harley Davidson fan myself, I’ve been a big motorcycle rider my whole life, and I always thought [Ghost Rider] was the coolest, most underused character," Johnson says. "There was no Ghost Rider comic out at that time and so, when you have to explain these characters, it always takes a moment. Like, ‘Wait, so it's a flaming skull and a Harley Davidson?’ I’m like, ‘Yes, that's correct.’ So that was always tough to explain to people, but the graphic is so strong, the visual is always so powerful for Ghost Rider."
He's not wrong. Despite the fact that 15 years have passed since Ghost Rider 's theatrical bow, the CGI for its eponymous hero continues to hold up, more or less. "The fire ended up taking over everything," Johnson reveals. "Now, CG fire is fantastic. When we were doing it, it was very difficult and you realize how tricky fire is. Fire is such an illusion. Even when you look at real fire in a fireplace or a flickering campfire, it doesn't look real. There's something about it that looks almost like a hologram and trying to get that across at 24 frames per second, it was very tough."
Once the studio handed down the green light, Johnson dove headfirst into production, reaching out to "the biggest Ghost Rider fan in the world," Nicolas Cage . "He had the tattoo on his shoulder and then we met and hit it off and both geeked out over it." The filmmaker insists that no one else was considered for the role of Johnny Blaze, a famous stuntman who strikes Faustian bargain with the Devil in his youth. As expected, the actor brought his own unique, shall we say, take on the character.
"Nic always thought, ‘Well, if my character really couldn't die and I keep crashing and walking away all the time, eventually, I’d lose my mind. Eventually, I would start to go a little crazy.’ And so, that would explain some of Nic’s ideas of listening to music that made him feel safe like The Carpenters; or eating jelly beans out of a martini glass; watching monkey karate videos; and all this crazy s***. But somehow, I got it. I thought, ‘That's a really fun way to go.’ Instead of being the big, brooding tough, amazing macho guy, be the guy who's terrified and losing his mind a bit and just trying to hold on."
Johnny struggles to contain the creature within while hoping to rekindle (no pun intended) the romance he left for dead years before. "It kind of became this very expressionistic, Gothic fairy tale in a way," Johnson explains. "This fun, Beauty and the Beast vibe to it. But Nic’s a great partner and as I said, he, he'll try anything. He really will. He will never say, ‘I would never do that.’ [He’ll say] ‘Let's talk about it, let's try it. What could it hurt?’"
The filmmaker also characterizes the movie as "a monster Western," especially once the OG Ghost Rider from the 1800s — Carter Slade (known as the Phantom Rider in the original comics) — becomes a mentor-like figure to Mr. Blaze. "We got to really expand on Carter Slade, because he had a very small story in the comic. So I felt like that was really fun to get to flesh that character out as a sort of caretaker," continues Johnson. His first choice for Slade was Sam Elliott, who graciously accepted, bringing his famous bushy mustache and deeply soothing cowboy voice to the table. "Sam Elliott, he's such a legend and you look smart just having him on screen because everything he does is honest. You believe everything he did."
In another stroke of casting genius, Johnson landed Peter Fonda (an absolute legend in motorcycle circles for his work on 1969's Easy Rider ) in the supporting role of Mephistopheles, who calls in his debt to Johnny by transforming him into the titular Spirit of Vengeance once escaped demons from Hell (led by Wes Bentley's Blackheart) start wreaking havoc on the mortal plane.
"Peter was just fantastic," the director recalls of Fonda, who died in 2019 at the age of 79. "He was such an odd duck, God bless him. He was such a fantastically eccentric person. I remember having the whole cast over to my house once and we watched Easy Rider and Peter narrated the entire thing. So it was like the greatest Director's Cut you can imagine. He would just say, ‘Oh, this is when Jack [Nicholson] came in and he was on acid.' Smoking a joint watching himself in Easy Rider , which is pretty incredible."
Ghost Rider, which was released on March 3, 2007, racked up nearly $230 million worldwide against a sizable production budget of $110 million. A direct sequel, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance , was released five years later in February of 2012 — just three months before the MCU was on the verge of its most ambitious undertaking up to that point: The Avengers .
The follow-up, which saw Cage back as Johnny, brought in a little over $132 million globally against a more modest budget of $57 million. Not a bad showing for a time in which most studios were starting to veer away from the concept of standalone superhero flicks and focusing on how they could replicate the uber-successful Marvel formula. Johnson did not have any involvement with Spirit of Vengeance , which was helmed by the duo of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor and written by comic book movie veteran David S. Goyer ( The Dark Knight , Man of Steel ) and current Walking Dead brand manager, Scott M. Gimple.
"That was just somebody else getting their take on it. Completely different thing," Johnson admits. "Same with Daredevil when they did the spinoff of Elektra , it was just a completely different thing. They give you a credit because you did the first movie, but that's it. They want to do their own version and that's great. Everybody should."
Ghost Rider returned to the realm of live-action in the fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , which introduced the Robbie Reyes iteration of the character (played by Gabriel Luna). While Reyes only appeared in 10 episodes of the ABC show, Luna was slated to reprise the role in a Hulu spinoff series , which received the axe following a spat of creative differences not long after.
This was also around the same time Marvel upped Feige to Chief Creative Officer , effectively bringing all film and television projects under the purview of Marvel Studios. With supernatural heroes and antiheroes like Moon Knight, Blade, Werewolf by Night, and Black Knight arriving on the scene, it's probably safe to assume that Ghost Rider is not far behind (a Midnight Sons project seems more and more likely with the passing of each title in Phase 4).
"I think he's gonna come back in a big way," Johnson says. "I was seeing an interview the other day that Keanu Reeves was saying he'd loved to play Ghost Rider and I was like, ‘Yes!’ He’d be fantastic." Ryan Gosling and Norman Reedus have also expressed interest in tackling the part, though Johnson has his money on the Constantine actor .
"I never know how serious these are, but Keanu would be amazing because he lives it," the filmmaker adds. "He eats and breathes and sleeps motorcycles. He has his own motorcycle company. But yeah, it's it's exciting … you get a chance to steward these characters for a couple years and then you got to step back and let other people do it. And as a fan, you're excited to see different interpretations. There's so many interpretations of Batman. I loved the new one and I can't wait to see where that goes. I would love to see different versions of Ghost Rider come along."
When we ask what he'd like to see out of Ghost Rider's MCU debut, Johnson pitches the idea of "a really fun, scary, almost Halloween episode, or movie version" featuring Marvel's Scarecrow whom he wanted to feature as the main antagonist in the 2007 film. The idea never materialized and understandably so, given that the studio feared confusion with the more well-known member of the Caped Crusader rogues gallery bearing the same monicker.
"Scarecrow was always about fear and I’ve always said that was such an interesting thing to get into Johnny's head, to see what what that would do to him and do the character of Ghost Rider. That was that was just the first one off the top of my head. But I'd also like to see him team up because he's such a rogue. He's such an isolated person. And to see him get this big dysfunctional family, which is what you love about these team-ups, that would be really fun. So I hope that we do get to see him and Midnight Sons or some of these other [teams]. I thought Werewolf by Night great. I thought that was super fun. So I like what they're doing and I'm curious to see where it's all headed."
But even as the Spirit of Vengeance stands on the precipice of a fresh interpretation on the silver screen, moviegoers haven't forgotten the 2007 film that first brought Johnny Blaze to the big screen. Moviegoers like comedian Marc Calderaro, whose one-man show — Ghost Rider: My Favorite Film — has turned the movie into a cult classic for the ages.
"He did it in Austin for years and it was kind of a Rocky Horror Picture Show thing," Johnson explains. "Everybody would come, they all knew the movie, and they'd all watch it together, make it a drinking game and make fun of it and have a laugh with it. But [Marc] really did love it. Even though he was making fun of it and making fun of me, I’m glad he was. I had my Ghost Rider gloves from the movie, and I dropped them off ... with a little note to him and just said, 'I've had these long enough, I want you to have them to complete your outfit. I don't care if you're laughing at me or with me, as long as you're laughing and having a good time with the movie.’ People like him keep it going and it's just fun that people look back and find it and they just have a hoot with it."
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There's a new Spirit of Vengeance in town, and it's a villain Marvel fans will recognize
Marvel has been teasing that a known villain will soon take over as a new Spirit of Vengeance in the upcoming Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance limited series, and now the publisher has revealed the villain who will take up the mantle: the Hood.
For readers of writer Benjamin Percy's recent Ghost Rider volume, this won't be a total surprise, as the Hood appeared as an antagonist 2023's Ghost Rider Annual #1. Now, he's going to become the new Spirit of Vengeance as Johnny Blaze is cast into hell.
Along with the announcement, Marvel has revealed Juan Ferreyra's cover of Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #2 as well as series artist Danny Kim's design for the Hood as the Spirit of Vengeance.
"Armed with a demonic cloak and dark mystical abilities, Parker Robbins’ undying lust for more power and fortune has made one of the Marvel Universe’s dangerous threats," reads Marvel's official announcement. "Now with the Spirit of Vengeance claiming what’s left of his soul, there’s no stopping his bloody takeover of the criminal underworld. By the time Johnny Blaze is able to claw his way back from the abyss to reclaim the Spirit of Vengeance, it’ll be far too late!"
Parker Robbins, AKA The Hood, was created in 2002's The Hood #1 by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artists Kyle Hotz and Eric Powell. A low level criminal in New York City, Robbins rises through the ranks to become a supervillain when he gains possession of a demonic cloak and boots that allow him to turn invisible and walk on air. The Hood will be the villain of Marvel Studios ' upcoming Ironheart streaming series, played by Anthony Ramos.
"Some villains you know all too well. Doctor Doom. Thanos. Mephisto. But I find it especially fun to bring the lesser known baddies out of the shadows and give them a shot at a starring role. That's what I did with Omega Red during X Lives of Wolverine/X Deaths of Wolverine - and that's what I'm doing now with Ghost Rider," Percy states in the announcement.
"The Hood wants a taste of the big time. And he's made a deal with the devil to help him on his way. This is what happens when the Spirit of Vengeance is stripped from Johnny Blaze and grafted on to a character who has no moral compass. An epic crime saga - flavored with horror - awaits readers in Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance."
Ghost Rider: Final Vengeance #1 goes on sale March 13, followed by #2 on April 18.
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Marvel Executives Reveal Ghost Rider and More Are Currently “Off the Table”
What If…? has taken viewers around the Multiverse and back again through the eyes of the enigmatic Watcher, and season two warped onto Disney+ over the winter holidays. As thrilling as it was to see characters old and new come back for one more round, there were some noticeable absences from this chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Viewers have seen Captain Carter Fight Steve in the H.Y.D.R.A. Smasher, a medieval fantasy variant of the Avengers , and even Tony Stark racing head to head with the Grand Master in a deadly sci-fi chariot race. However, many of these famous faces are ones we’ve already seen, and the Watcher “doesn’t do sequels.”
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Despite recent reports of superhero fatigue, many Marvel fans are still clamoring to see their favorite heroes, antiheroes, vigilantes, and villains make it into the MCU. However, a recent reveal from Marvel’s What If…? shared that many might not see the screen anytime soon.
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What’s On Disney Plus shared a post with an interview of Phase Zero’s podcast where executive producers Brian Andrews and AC Bradley explained how much they were and weren’t allowed to include in the series. The rule is that they can’t use any character that doesn’t exist in the MCU already, to which Andrews stated,
“They’re pretty much off the table. Yeah, they were like, ‘No… we gotta do it first in live-action and then you get to do it.’ And we were like, ‘Aw man.’ ‘Cause we would’ve loved to play with all kinds of toys, but there’s limitations.”
While that’s understandable, it’s also something of a missed opportunity considering how many new characters Disney/Marvel can and should use.
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Writer and producer AC Bradley also pointed out that due to reshoots, the creators of the animated spinoff couldn’t even use Sam Wilson’s Falcon/Captain America at the time Season 2 was in development. Although he’s said to return for season 3, who else is missing?
It’s unrealistic to expect every obscure Marvel character to make an appearance, but with a premise that pulls from across the multiverse , why not go all out? Notable examples, apart from those not yet in the MCU like the anticipated Fantastic Four , were previously introduced via spin-offs like Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. like Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider, Kraken, Lash, and many other comic book figures that already existed in a live-action medium.
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Of all the words of tongue and pen, the saddest are “it might have been.” Fans can gossip and wish to see any number of heroes from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s comics, but their fate ultimately lies with the mouse. At least we have a third season to keep our hopes alive.
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AI Reimagines Marvel Characters As Ghost Rider - The Results Are Cool As Hell
A Ghost Rider is an entity with the combined might of a mortal vessel and a Spirit of Vengeance. Modern Marvel fans will best recognize the symbiotic antihero as either Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) from Sony's "Ghost Rider" duology or Robbie Reyes (Gabriel Luna) from ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." television series. Both iterations of the character manifest as sentient skeletons bathed in eternal flame. They also wear a bunch of leather, but that's got more to do with Johnny's and Robbie's proclivities than it does with their occult partners'. Provided their vessel is chill with aggressive corporal punishment, then a Spirit of Vengeance would probably agree to wear anything.
Digital artists PlanetAI put that hypothetical to the test in April 2023 by using AI to create a series of Ghost Rider variants, each one reimagining the Marvel legend as a different hero or antihero. There's a precedent for other heroes becoming Ghost Riders in the comics, so it's not even out of the realm of possibility for this to happen. At any rate, the resulting artwork is equal parts devilish and enchanting because who can resist a fire-and-brimstone Spider-Man variant? A skeletal Hulk? A molten Iron Man? All told, there are nine new Ghost Riders to judge ... but not too harshly. The Spirits of Vengeance don't really have a sense of humor.
From Venom to Hulk, Ghost Rider is always terrifying
Ironically, Deadpool, whose costume AI has reimagined in different countries , doesn't make for an interesting Ghost Rider variant; he just makes for a slightly redder Ghost Rider, with his iconic red spandex transformed into a muted leather jacket that, frankly, just looks like something Johnny Blaze would wear. Similarly, the Captain America Ghost Rider is just Ghost Rider with some blue skull paint and a star on his shoulder.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Iron Man Ghost Riders, all three of whom appear generally unchanged except for the whole being-on-fire thing. The designs are still stunning, especially Iron Man; it's just a little difficult to tell if these guys are actually Ghost Riders, what with the full-body armor and all.
Doctor Strange, the Hulk, and Spider-Man all fuse more equally with Ghost Rider. The Doctor Strange Ghost Rider combines the sorcerer's billowing robes with the Spirit of Vengeance's wicked flames. The Hulk Ghost Rider keeps the green titan's massive shape but makes the skin on his face translucent so that his skeleton stands out against the flesh. The Spider-Man Ghost Rider hides his bones beneath a suit of interwoven leather straps that call to mind both skeletal and silken imagery.
And then there's the Venom Ghost Rider. While he looks like an even more demonic version of Surtur from "Thor: Ragnarok," it's what he represents that offers the most intrigue. Is the Spirit of Vengeance bonded to Eddie Brock or the symbiote? Or both? Does that make the Ghost Rider even more powerful? It must, right?
EXCLUSIVE: Hulk Must Team-Up With a World War II Ghost Rider to Face the War Devil
The Hulk needs the help of a mysterious Ghost Rider from World War II to help stop the War Devil in this CBR exclusive preview of Incredible Hulk #8
The following contains spoilers for The Incredible Hulk #8, on sale next week
The Hulk has become possessed by the villainous monster known as the War Devil, and seemingly the only way for the Jade Giant to avoid killing a group of innocent humans is if he can be broken out of his possession by the might of a mysterious Ghost Rider from World War II in this CBR exclusive preview of next week's Incredible Hulk #8.
Incredible Hulk #8 comes from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, artist Nic Klein, colorist Matthew Wilson and letterer Cory Petit, and it continues the journey across the country by Bruce Banner and a teen girl, Charlie, who is on the run after her abusive father was killed (the police believe that it was Charlie who killed him). A monstrous entity known as the Eldest wants the Hulk's help to resurrect a mysterious being known as The Mother of All Horrors, and has been sending monsters after the Hulk to try to force the issue. This time around, the Hulk has been possessed by one of the demons, and things look mighty bleak.
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THE EPIC CONCLUSION OF HULK’S THROWDOWN WITH THE WWII GHOST RIDER AND THE WAR DEVILS!
The Personification of Rage and the Spirit of Vengeance have their own vengeful spirit to conquer! When the Hulk and the undead Ghost Rider of the past finally come face-to-face with the monstrosity controlling the war devils, a bone-crushing brawl follows!
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Bruce Banner and Charlie were welcomed to a settlement in Texas where some migrant workers were living. The settlement had been dealing with attacks by demons for over a month now, but they luckily had a guardian angel, of sorts. They had an old World War II motorcycle on the property, and whenever the bad guys show up, a World War II-era Ghost Rider appears. He has formed a bond with one of the young boys on the settlement, and whenever little Leo is in trouble the Ghost Rider shows up and fights off the demon attackers. Now, however, the demon, known as the War Devil, and his possessed minions, the War Devils, include the Hulk himself!
The Hulk's Best Genre Isn't Sci-Fi, It's Horror
In the preview pages, the possessed Hulk begins to attack the innocent residents of the settlement. Charlie pleads with the Hulk to stop, trying to remind him that he is an Avenger, and that these people need a hero. The possessed Hulk attempts to tell her that there are no heroes here, only monsters. However, he is then blasted by a magical bazooka, and Charlie confidently taunts him that there ARE heroes here, as the World War II Ghost Rider drives into action with little Leo in his sidecar!
The cover of the issue shows Hulk teamed up with the mysterious Ghost Rider, so it stands to reason that the Ghost Rider is able to break the Hulk out of his possession, but we will know for sure next week, when Incredible Hulk #8 is released in full!